It was a short day just going to Isiro, Dungu and Doko before returning to Bunia. The weather was cloudy but not too bad as I left Bunia but as I hit the forest the clouds became increasingly solid below me as well as a complete overcast above me. There were also clouds in between all of that and I started to question the satellite pictures I had seen before leaving as well as the report of “lovely weather” that we got from our people in Isiro. It is not an uncommon thing to have a very positive weather report from people who really want you to come and pick them up. I have flown for hours through very questionable weather on the promise of very sunny skies just ahead. This was looking like another one of those days. I kept climbing the little Cessna 206 higher trying to stay in a clear place and by the time I was to start my decent I was still having to climb.
Only 8 miles out and I was still at 8500 feet and looking for a way down. Bettina, the SIL missionary lady, was in the back praying. As we got even closer there was a little hole not a kilometer around and I circled down slowly to about 500 feet above the trees and had a clear path through to Isiro from there. Not what I would call “Lovely weather” but we were there. I flew on to Dungu underneath the clouds, which is not all bad though there is not as much time to react to an emergency. The 30 miles visibility was great. I dropped off Medair people there and carried on back to Bunia after a few more changes to the schedule. A good day at the office in the end!