Flying

Once a month I have to travel to Nairobi to attend some meetings. I was quite happy for having a short change of scene.

Flying with MAF is always fun. Before taking of there was slight confusion because two passengers were missing. They were supposed to fly to Korr our stopover between Marsabit and Nairobi. So I was the only passenger on board of the 14seater. Anyhow, we stopped in Korr to deliver some letters (that’s why it is called air mail!). The atmosphere was quite private so the pilot excused himself for not seeing Mt. Kenya as it was in clouds.

Returning to Marsabit a few days later was an adventurous experience: first I saw Mt. Kenya and we did another stopover in Korr. The small village is on the edge of the Marsabit plateau and looking towards Marsabit I wondered why the visibility was quite strange. Back in the plane the pilot told us that we might not be able to land in Marsabit because of bad visibility. He was right after all: there was kind of a sandstorm all over the plateau. The flight was a bit bumpy and after a few minutes in the air again I heard some throwing up-noises in the back. We had to head to the alternative airstrip in Segel, 45 minutes by car from Marsabit towards North-West. The poor guy behind me kept on vomiting until we landed.

Once in Segel we had to wait for being picked up – respectively the new passengers for Nairobi had to arrive as well as the fuel for the airplanes (we were flying in convoy from Korr; well – another plane followed us).

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