On our flight
the next day, while listening on board to BBC World Service on our HF
tranceiver, we learned, that
that very day of our intended fligt over Asmara
the capital of Eritrea, full scale war broke out between that country
Ethiopia. The airport of Asmara was bombarded by Ethiopian Mig fighters
of them, a Mig 21 was in fact shot
down by the Eritrean anti aircraft defense.
that change in routing !
Next morning we
headed to Djibouti airport rather early and did all the preparations
next leg, direct to Malindi
in southern Kenya.
½ hour flight took us via Dire Dawa in Ethiopia first over
country side, then over a mountain range with rich
vegetation and some
signs of civilisation.
For hours in a
perfect sky with ocasional cumulus clouds then over wild forest and
bushland with little signs of human presence,
then flat country, small extinct
volcanos here and there, crossing the Equator.
Crossing the equator in Kenya at 9000ft
45 minutes out of Malindi we managed to
establish our first radio contact since many hours, with Malindi
A happy landing just before sunset on a
well organized airport.
Again a friendly welcome and efficient
handling. The customs people did not even bother to come out to the
into Kenya, as we were were
both declared as Air crew.