Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bellevue Pilot Killed in Congo Air Crash

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The Idaho Mountain Express reports this morning that a Wood River Valley man was killed in a plane crash Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of Congo's top presidential advisers was also killed in the crash, along with another pilot and two farmers who suffered fatal injuries from the crash's debris.

A U.S. Embassy official in Congo confirmed that 54-year-old Marcus De La Poer Beresford, who lived in Bellevue, Idaho, was killed when his aircraft overshot a runway near the town of Bukavu.

The Associated Press reported this morning that officials with Congo have suspended the license of two airlines in the wake of the crash.

Beresford's half-sister, who lives in Hailey, told the Mountain Express that her brother had been flying for government officials in Congo for the past year. She was contacted by U.S. Embassy officials regarding the crash.

Beresford had taken the job in Congo because, according to his sister, he had not been able to find work in Idaho.

"His passion was flying," Hermione Watkinson told the Mountain Express. "His father was an RAF pilot during the war and he got the flying bug from him."

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