This morning, Sue left the comforts of Montana bound for the Novo base in Antarctica via Capetown South Africa. She is on assignment as medical support with a team hired to extract a damaged DC3-Turbo aircraft from the ice and snow. More information on the mission follows.

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Weather report for Sunday at Novolazarevskaya Station, known as Novo base where Sue will be landing after a 5-6 hour flight over 4,000+ kilometers of ocean from South Africa:  High 32 degrees F, ESE w 25 mph, chance of snow 20%. It’s summer in Antarctica December-Jan with 24 hours of daylight.

Novo_locationNovo base is a Russian research station with an estimated summer population of 70. It is located at the Schirmacher Oasis, Queen Maud Land, 75 km from the coast and separated by the Lazarev Ice Shelf. The team’s work site is about 100 km from Novo. (Site at top of small map of Antarctica is Novo.)

Aviation Safety Network Report of Aircraft damage incident: December 20, 2012

Kenn Borek Air DC3-T (Basler BT-67), C-GEAI, was conducting a tour operation off Holtanna Glacier, Antarctica, with 15 passengers aboard. During the take-off roll from the unprepared surface (position S71 55.3, E008 17.9) for the return leg to Novolazarevskaya, Antarctica, the aircraft contacted a snow drift and became airborne with insufficient speed to sustain flight. The aircraft stalled and contacted the surface with sufficient force to collapse the main landing gear. The aircraft came to rest on its belly sustaining substantial damage. Two passengers received minor injuries. The crew and passengers were accommodated in tents until a second Kenn Borek DC3-TBasler-DC-3-Antarctica-1207a arrived later in the day.

(Photo of a similar aircraft)

Betty Kuffel, MD

About bettykuffel

Author and retired medical doctor with broad interests in writing, flying, photography and outdoor life. She has Indie published 7 books, fiction & non-fiction, all available on Amazon. Writing projects include: multiple books of fiction: a medical thriller series, a psychological thriller set in 1960 co-authored with her sister Bev, and others in process. Dr. Kuffel lives in MT with husband Tom, two dogs and neighborhood deer.
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