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VIDEO: First aircraft lands on St Helena – the view from the cockpit

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Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.48.11 Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 22.04.01Click the picture above to watch the first-ever aircraft landing on St Helena, as the pilots saw it. St Helena Government has released cockpit footage shot by the crew of the Beechcraft King Air 200 that touched down at the island’s first airport on 15 September 2015.

Clicking on any of the images here will take you to footage shot on the day by onlookers watching from vantage points above Prosperous Bay Plain.

One was shot from close to the runway; another shows the drama of the landscape that will greet passengers on future commercial flights as they come in to land alongside the King and Queen Rocks.

The last, posted on Facebook, was captured on a GoPro camera placed alongside the runway.

The tiny Beechcraft plane flew the 1,100 miles from Angola with a crew of five in order to carry out a series of calibration flights to allow the configuring of the navigation and communication systems at the new airport.

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