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The Busiest Airstrip In Congo  
User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

Watching a CNN report about cassiterite miners in Africa (World´s Untold Stories: Congo´s Tin Soldiers), i saw this astonishing airstrip amid trees and plane wrecks. It´s the busiest strip in Congo with more than 50 planes coming and going everyday. How in the world do they manage to operate in such battered tarmac and deadly environment?

Check out the landing action from 1:40 at this link:
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video.../30/wus.congo.soldiers.part.01.cnn


And the take off from 6:20 at:
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video.../30/wus.congo.soldiers.part.02.cnn


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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2286 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

It really doesnt look "Battered". I believe they also say "15 Flights" not 50.

Ive flown into many strips that look and are ALOT worse. Anywho theyre using a LET aircraft which are pretty rugged to begin with. Anywho looks like a nice bush "strip". Alot better than many others in the Congo (or even northern Canada/Alaska).

ATCT



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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Quoting SBBRTech (Thread starter):
It really doesnt look "Battered". I believe they also say "15 Flights" not 50.

Yeah you´re right, it´s 15 actually, but still quite impressive, specially when you hear a pilot saying this ain´t such a bad strip at all !



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11644 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

I think that must be one of the only places in the world where a metal ore is transported by air! It is a shame about the conditions, but I'm quite sure it's not the worst example as the scale seems rather limited at just a couple of dozen tonnes a day. Nevertheless - it looks like great fun to ride on top of the bags in the aircraft - quite an adventure!


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Russian plane.. sure. Everything not made in Western Europe or USA is Russian.
It is made in CZECH.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13990 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
I think that must be one of the only places in the world where a metal ore is transported by air! It is a shame about the conditions, but I'm quite sure it's not the worst example as the scale seems rather limited at just a couple of dozen tonnes a day. Nevertheless - it looks like great fun to ride on top of the bags in the aircraft - quite an adventure!


Dan

Some years ago I met a DC-3 pilot, who was working for a Swedish outfit, operating in Congo (back then still under Mobutu, they had to leave the country during the civil war, since looting militia soldiers, of all factions, stole and destroyed everything). They flew into air strips near mines, bringing food, spares and fuel in, while taking the produce (diamonds, gold etc.) out. The reason was that often no roads existed to remote mines, or, if roads existed, the trucks were often held up and robbed by armed gangs.

Jan


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17025 posts, RR: 67
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Quoting Dufo (Reply 4):
Russian plane.. sure. Everything not made in Western Europe or USA is Russian.
It is made in CZECH.

 rotfl  You are so correct in your "assumption". Love it.



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