Al Marsh

GA to the rescue of stranded cruise ship

February 29, 2012 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

The powerless cruise ship Costa Allegra is still under tow on its way to a port in the Seychelles Islands, but general aviation has come to the rescue. A twin-engine Vulcanair is coordinating helicopter support for the ship. Eurocopter Colibri EC120B helicopters have dropped hundreds of flashlights, since there is no electricity, and lots of fresh bread plus communications equipment. All the aircraft, including the Vulcanair, are owned by Zil Air in the Seychelles. The company provides transportation among the islands.

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