Antarctic flight lands after month-long delay

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Flight from Paris to the continent has been delayed for three months due to poor weather

An Airbus A340 passenger plane has landed on Antarctica for the first time, a month after a similar flight from Paris.

The aircraft had been delayed for three months due to poor weather, but flew in over the south coast of Antarctica before taxiing to the runway at the South Shetland base of Mission Bay for a departure at 0930 local time on Sunday.

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It was the fourth Airbus A340 to fly to Antarctica, with the last taking off in September last year.

Travellers to the continent on this flight included teachers Mark Tyson and Sarah Cooke from Carstensz Pyramid School in Western Australia.

Antarctica is also a centre for renewable energy. Proprietor of Tarakan Station, Graham Scott, used solar panels to produce wind energy to fuel his generators for the decade he has been living on the continent.

Scott, who was president of the National Congress of Australian Antarctic Departments, is in Antarctica to open a conference on renewable energy.

Australian Antarctic expedition leader Chris Mason also flew to Mission Bay from Antarctica, carrying 340kg of instruments and gear for the Polar Biology Bus, which will head to Craig Island in the Antarctic Circle in six weeks to test some of the latest technology in environment and human health monitoring.

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