Monthly Archives: October 2015

Island crews ‘ready’ for Comair-style crash on runway

Plans are in place to deal with a blocked runway at St Helena’s airport in the event of an incident like the Comair crash at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport on 26 October 2015. Click the pic to read the Comair … Continue reading

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Foxy, you’re needed at the airport (bring a spanner)

How would St Helena cope with a damaged aircraft blocking its runway? The question exercised some of the finest minds on the island after a plane operated by Comair – which will fly the Johannesburg-St Helena route from 2016 – … Continue reading

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The secret is out: St Helena makes Lonely Planet world top ten

St Helena may have to change its “Secret of the South Atlantic” slogan: it has been named in the top ten regions to visit in 2016 by the world-renowned Lonely Planet guides. The accolade brings “significant global tourism profile” just … Continue reading

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Comair plane collapse highlights St Helena safety needs

An aircraft operated by Comair collapsed on to its side after landing at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The operator – which is due to commence flights to St Helena in early 2016 – reports that all 94 … Continue reading

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200 years on, Napoleon steps ashore once again

Two centuries have passed since Napoleon Bonaparte stepped ashore on St Helena on the evening of 17 October 1815, bringing the island global fame that has endured ever since. In the early evening of 17 October 2015, that transforming moment … Continue reading

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PICTURES: Royal Navy’s Wildcat helicopter on St Helena

One of the Royal Navy’s new Wildcat helicopters flew several sorties over St Helena during commemorations for the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s arrival on the island in 1815. On¬†Wednesday 14 October 2015, it became the first helicopter to land at … Continue reading

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Party spirit grips ‘HMS Ascension’ as island sails towards the red

The people of Ascension have been marking the 200th anniversary of Britain claiming possession of their island with “a series of junketings”, reports The Spectator magazine. But the party spirit may give way to gloom over the prospects for “this … Continue reading

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Breakthrough at last on Ascension-St Helena flights

Monthly flights between St Helena and Ascension Island have been negotiated, after months of discontent over the vital link being excluded from the original deal with winning contractor Comair. Each month, of the the airline’s Saturday flights from Johannesburg will … Continue reading

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