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07 January 2013

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I used to maintain a small supply of AvGas or was it AvTurb for mostly SIL or Wycliff aircraft at my Steamship's store in Baimuru.

Their helicopter would frighten me to death looking out from my tiny office in the all wood establishment as the pilots very skilfully manoeuvred it about twenty yards away onto the ground between the store and the muddy river banks with admiring crowds almost surrounding it before its engine stopped.

Nearly all the pilots I came in contact with over my years in PNG were always most careful of taking their fuel from drums that had already been opened.

But the fuel storage at Baimuru obviously left a lot to be desired. A disaster waiting to happen - we would have ended up in great gushes of roaring flame shooting skywards like something from Rambo on the Mekong rescuing MOAs.

Taim bipo.

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