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18 January, 2003

Aviation is an inherently dangerous business. In Antarctica, with its rocky terrain, high winds, and frigid temperatures it is even more so.

We were saddened to learn that two members of the helo squadron were injured in a helicopter accident yesterday. While we don't know the details it appears that yesterday afternoon there was an accident in Taylor Valley and the pilot and cargo master were hurt to the extent that they had to be evacuated to Christchurch.

Consequently, science flights for today have been suspended. Our prayers are with these men and their families.

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