In Konarak I picked up a load of military cargo and turned West for Jaisalmer, India – still flying the Dash-8. Having had to wait the whole day for my cargo, I only left Konarak late and landed in Jaisalmer after 21:00. Here, however there was another cargo waiting for immediate departure and since it seemed like good pay, I loaded the plane up with cargo and me up with coffee and took off into the night again. This time I was heading for Chabua – also in India but right on the other side.
Oh yes, I also met up with a mate of mine who agreed to accompany me as co-pilot. I misjudged the fuel consumption ever so slightly and just over half way I found myself with only 40% fuel left. This didn’t leave me with many options and I had to divert to Kathmandu. The late night approach through the high mountains is not for the faint of heart.
After a very brief stop over – just to take on fuel and visit the rest room, we were off again towards Chabua.
A nerve-racking flight over the Alps in the dark finally got us to our destination at 01:00 and after unloading the cargo and securing the aircraft I slumped into a spare bed for visiting pilots that the local flying school had available, for a well deserved rest.