Terminal 6: Grounded

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

“Grounded”, Kiunga Airport, Western Province, Papua New Guinea

Journal Entry, 14 August 2012: The sun has risen. Again. And I’ve been stranded in Kiunga, in a remote province of Papua New Guinea, for two days now. This plane got grounded three days ago due to some leaking hydraulics they say. As a result, I got bumped off the next day as its supposed passengers that day were given priority to take my scheduled flight. And now I’m still watching this aircraft technician stare into the engine hold for a long time. While I was ardently praying that we’ll be able to take off on this aircraft soon, I was also sincerely hoping that he knew what he was doing.

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