We've just received tragic news about one of our pilots. He was on a charter flight to our base in Papua New Guinea to pick up a ship. The plane crashed on landing in very bad weather - and four of the five passengers did not survive.
I feel as if I have been punched in the stomach. I can't believe it. He was here in the pilot house this weekend. We chatted several times - in the laundry, on Sunday morning in the pilot house and later that afternoon as he was leaving. I wished him safe journey and looked forward to seeing him on his return.
This makes me realise how we are a family here - the pilots, crew, staff and Rob and I. Just like a family we get on, we don't get on, we need space but ultimately we care, we look out for each other and we grieve if one of us hurts.
The pilot house community is in total shock. Naturally our thoughts are now with his wife, daughters and son - they have lost a loving husband and father.
Goodbye Chris Hart - we will miss you.