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Flight Information #10864
09/30/00 09:40 AM
09/30/00 09:40 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Tropic Air advises they have flown and are flying their
regular schedule to and from Ambergris Caye this morning, but are in
wait-and-see mode regarding afternoon flights.

Their and Maya-Island's pilots are all bush-qualified, highly skilled
in blustery and crosswind conditions. This is good news, because
people with special needs, tourists unduly worried about the
prospects, etc. have a way off the island. Tropic did not indicate any
booked-full or sold-out situations. Tickets still available. Island
obviously, not seeing fit to flee.

During Hurricane Mitch's approach in '98, both airlines continued to
meet high evacuation demands after conditions went under minimums,
quite heroically. When they finally had to move out their planes to
protect them, they virtually tumbled into the air getting away.

Re: Flight Information #10865
09/30/00 11:20 AM
09/30/00 11:20 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
noon, if at
noon. There is a good chance the 11:00 outbound flights won't return,
the planes are to be taken to Belmpan. This from JOHNNY GREIF. BUT --
obviously, if conditions should alter, unexpectedly, and warrant, he
will keep'em flying as long as he can, for business purpose and
tourist convenience, not for evacuation. No locals on the island are

An advisory obtained by Tropic Air from government this morning
predicted Keith's highest impact on Belize will be maximum sustained
winds of 50 miles an hour with higher gusts. This will necessitate
evacuating aircraft to avoid their being damaged on the ground,
probably around noontime, possibly sooner. Boats are also at some
risk, and of course, as are tree limbs and any light items.

Islanders are not crowding the available seats on the last flights out
prior to taking the aircraft to safety. People are essentially
battening down hatches, but not alarmed.

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