Daunting air travel

The Tumlingtar Airport is so gloomy for the entire morning, our hope for a flight today is fading away – but we are so desperate to get out of Sankhuwasabha district as we were there for 3 weeks for the most physically demanding site visit for a hydropower project. Magically, at 11 am, all the clouds over the airport get cleared and the plane arrives after 4 hours of delay.

Yesterday, upon arriving Tumlingtar, we heard sad news of helicopter crash that claimed the life of our tourism minister. In the air, this Beechcraft 1900D aircraft of Buddha Air jerked like a hell due to bad weather on the way. With yesterday’s news in the mind and unusual movement of plane in the thick cloud, this has been the scariest air travel so far in my life.