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Tarawa 49
13 January 2005 David Astley

Tarawa 49

Kiribati, Central Pacific

Passing by the airport at Bonriki, I noticed a woman sleeping on the runway with a baby crawling over her, as well as villagers walking and riding motorbikes across the main runway, and children playing football on the runway. I was told that the runway is on villagersí land, so they regarded it as recreational space. When a plane is about to land or take off, an airport security car with flashing lights and a loud siren races up and down the runway to warn villagers to move to the sides.

Nikon D100 , AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED
f/5.6, 1/125, 100mm, cropped full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Guest 16-Apr-2013 03:30
No plane accident ever happened here I believe.
Guest 23-Aug-2010 02:13
Amazing...its the only international Airport in the South Pacific where people can actually do whatever they like...
Guest 16-Feb-2009 03:53

I recalled visiting this airport when I was a lad.....

Thanks for the fond memories......
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