Tag Archives: Basil Read

Driver flips airport truck – and escapes with bang on the head

An airport worker escaped with only minor harm when the dump truck he was driving rolled over on the construction site at Prosperous Bay Plain. A fellow driver pulled him from the vehicle, suffering cuts to his hands in the process. Both were … Continue reading

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Airport jobs are not a licence for banned drivers, say police

Banned drivers and learners employed on St Helena’s airport project have been warned they must not drive in public places while at work. People without a valid licence can drive on construction sites with consent from airport contractor Basil Read … Continue reading

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Paul’s plea for a home reveals eight families at risk

Up to eight families on St Helena are known to be on the brink of losing their homes, it has emerged. But the island’s new airport workers’ camp could provide a way out of a looming crisis. St Helena Goverment says … Continue reading

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Now the sea is a no-go zone, as cliffs pose blast hazard

An exclusion zone has been imposed off the coast of St Helena because of fears about the stability of cliffs near the island’s airport site.  It was agreed after a survey said rock falls could be caused by explosions planned by construction company … Continue reading

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Airport vehicle plunges St Helena into darkness (statement added)

Power across most of St Helena was knocked out after an airport construction vehicle apparently brought down a power cable while being moved to Prosperous Bay Plain on Monday evening (3 September). A bright flash on Deadwood Plain was reported to be … Continue reading

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Night working starts as rocks obstruct airport road

Airport gangs will work into the night for the next few weeks to force a way through rocks that are blocking completion of St Helena’s new haul road. Heavy construction vehicles are stranded in Rupert’s Valley, unable to get through … Continue reading

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Touchdown on St Helena… hang on, who’s flying this plane?

Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning our descent… into the sublime. A simulation of an aircraft landing at St Helena International airport has been posted on the YouTube video website. Watching it might be slightly unnerving, though, for anyone familiar … Continue reading

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View from the cockpit as plane lands at St Helena

Click here to view a simulation of an aircraft landing at St Helena’s airport, or click the pics if you prefer to see photographs.

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Napoleon misses the plane as runway boost delays opening

The first paying passengers will not land at St Helena’s first airport before 2016 – but when it does open, it will be with a much longer runway. That will allow much larger airport to land in the future. And the extra runway length … Continue reading

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After the nerves, praise all round for successful docking

Islanders involved in the first ever docking of a ship at St Helena have been praised for making it go smoothly. A fault with a flow meter meant the discharge of fuel had to be halted overnight, meaning the NP … Continue reading

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