Thursday, August 13, 2009

Plane crash...

With all the talk at the moment about the small plane that has crashed in the jungle near the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea, it prompted my memory back 30 years.

Our friend, the pilot, died in very similar circumstances in a plane crash in the jungle of Fiji.

I had kept the clipping but had cut off the date from the newspaper & am estimating it was about 30 years ago.

I have one photo of Gary that I had scrapped with Elizabeth wearing her handmade clothes. Our families were friends & as a young teenager thought Gary & his twin brother Ian were 'it & a bit'.

I am sad for the 13 people who have perished this week on their way to what was going to be a trip of a life time for them. The Kokoda track has a big appeal for Australians as a right of passage, not only for those who have direct links to the soldiers who fought & died there, but also for those who want an adventure, a challenge & a life shaping experience.


  1. I don't think it was quite as long ago as that as Ian is not that much older than me.

  2. I know I was in high school, about 16, & that was 30 years ago!

  3. Checked on the good 'ole internet & it was 1979.