American writer survives two plane crashes in Masindi

Ernest Hemingway and his wife Mary Welsh.

What you need to know:

  • Cheated death twice. American novelist Ernest Hemingway and his wife were rescued from the scene of the crash at Murchison Falls National Park by a tourist and taken to an airstrip in Butiaba on the shores of Lake Albert to wait for another plane to fly them to Entebbe.
  • Following the direction of the plane above them, Mills and his search team first drove in his Land Rover until they reached a point where they had to walk to the falls. The plane crash landed on a clearing close to the Murchison Falls.
    However, by the time of search team arrived, there were no people.

From a historical perspective, it seems Uganda was more attractive to the international newsmakers before independence than it is now.
It hosted a wide range of people from politicians to nobles, authors and sportsmen as Uganda was a destination of choice although infrastructure like roads and hotels were not anywhere near what they are now. The major places of attraction were the national parks.


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