American tourists killed in Kenya helicopter crash

Two friends from California and a political consultant from Colorado were among five people killed — including another American — when their chopper crashed during a sightseeing flight in Kenya, according to reports.

The US Embassy identified the three as Anders Asher Jesiah Burke, Brandon Howe Stapper and Kyle John Forti. The fourth American has not yet been identified.

The pilot of the Bell 505, Mario Magonga, also was killed when the helicopter crashed moments after takeoff from Lake Turkana’s Central Island National Park in northwest Kenya, officials said.

Burke and Stapper, both entrepreneurs, were best pals from San Diego, .

Burke ran two companies, an ad agency and a political campaign firm, while Stapper launched a printing company after moving to San Diego from Michigan, .

Forti, a married father of one, was originally from Claremont, California, before he moved to Colorado, where he co-founded a political consulting company, the news outlet reported.

“Kyle Forti was a prolific figure in Colorado Republican politics,” said friend Peter Marcus, a former Colorado Springs Gazette reporter, .

“There are not enough good words for Kyle. Kyle dedicated his entire career making a better Republican Party. He ran a lot of Republican campaigns,” he added.

Just-released report names Cannabis Stock of the Year for 2019! Their last pick has seen a +1,200% return since he released it!

This stock has all of the makings of the next great cannabis stock – early-mover advantage, international exposure and influential partnerships, plus it has a product that is unlike anything else on the market…

You will also receive a free, weekly newsletter to stay on top of the latest industry trends, read analysis on promising cannabis stocks, and more. Click here to receive your Free Report immediately!

Forti was an adventurer who had traveled the globe including recent trips to Asia and the fateful visit to Kenya, Marcus said.

Colorado’s El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf took to Facebook on Monday to mourners the loss.

“I am saddened by the loss of Kyle John Forti, a friend of mine and an Old North End Colorado Springs resident,” . “He was a great Republican, co-founder of D/CO, a consulting firm, helped me in my campaign, and lived in my County Commissioner district. He was also just simply a decent guy! He will be missed.”

The tourists were headed for Lobolo Camp on the mainland when the helicopter went down about 8 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

Magonga, who owned the aircraft, was a former Kenyan military pilot and also flew for the country’s deputy president, William Ruto.

“Available information indicates that two helicopters had landed earlier at Lobolo tented camp on the National Park’s Island, however one managed to clear the area safely,” the National Police Service said in a statement, .

“They were unable to land because that place is very hilly. We don’t know why they were trying to access the island at night. One of the helicopters crashed as they attempted to find their way back to Lobolo,” a source at the Kenya Wildlife Service told the news outlet on condition of anonymity.

With Post wires

Receive News & Ratings Via Email - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings with's FREE daily email newsletter.

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *