Part I. Khartoum, Sudan to Djibouti. - What a unexpected Surprise!
One hour ground time, and we were
cleared IFR to our destination Djibouti on the most south easterly
Fully loaded up and close to gross
weight, I expected a unusually long take off roll in this heat. To our
Sir, your permit is cancelled, avoid Eritrean Airspace, return to Karthoum !
About one hour and ten minutes into the
flight, Karthoum control asked me to
contact Asmara ATC on HF 11'300. Immediately
Puzzled as I was, I started to
think what to
do next. Simulate radio failure, transponder code 7600 and continue
After a few reflecting seconds, I
decided to change my course to the northeast, to remain in Sudanese
and headed without
After a 10 ½ hour flight that day, we landed safely and happy, after dark at Djibouti International.
A hearthy welcome in French, our second
home language, in this old Colonial City, which
was ruled by the French until 1977. After