Thu, Sep 25, 2003
Kenn Borek Air's Crew Did the Job, Again
Back in April of 2001, Dr. Ronald Shemenski was in deep trouble
at an Antarctic research base, hanging on in dread of the winter
that was about to envelop him, and doom him. A Kenn Borek Twin
Otter made it in, and got him out; and he's OK today.
This time, the trip
came at the end of the southern winter. Another researcher was
stranded at the Amundsen-Scott center. [He's an American, with a
gastric problem, and wants to remain anonymous --ed.] Weather was
awful, and rapidly-changing. Sean Loutitt and Brian Crocker, along
with engineer Kevin Riehl, had to wait a week at the relatively
balmy Rothera Antarctic base. The flight from there to
Amundson-Scott took nine hours. They got out on Sunday, landing in
Chile, after the 6-hour flight from Rothera.
The Canadian crew said it's more or less 'routine.' Crockett
said, "It's no different than any other time going in. Just be
careful and do things the way they're supposed to be done."
Mr. Loutitt said this flight was easier than the Shemanski
rescue: there was 'better' weather, and a few minutes' more
Amundson and Scott were rival polar explorers in the early 20th
Century. Scott died on one of his quests; the better-prepared
Amundson was the first to conquer both poles.
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