ONA stories by Al Quack
My ONA and Other
by Al Quack
Russian Turboprop Decca
Russian Turboprop loading Refugees at
Decca, Bangladesh UN Ops 1974
Al in ONA uniform 1966
Cockpit of ONA N864 DC-8-63
US good friends USSR
Soviet aircraft Ilyushin-8 flew ONA crew back to Karachi
A friend in need is a friend in deed
ONA flew the Repatriation Flights for the United
Nations High Commissioner, flying refugees out
of Dacca, Bangladesh back to Karachi, Pakistan and
other refugees back the other way.
We flew the second part after Feb. 26, 1974.
Our crews were based out of Karachi, staying in the
Intercontinental Hotel there. On one of our trips to
Bangladesh after staying overnight there, we got
out to the airport and I started doing my preflight,
but found the aircraft electrical system all screwed
up and giving me wrong indications.
The only thing maintenance could figure out was
somebody must have connected 230 volts ground power
instead of 115 volts and burned out four or five
relays in the system. They (ONA) had to send some new
parts and mechanics from Frankfurt to fix it, which
took four or five days.
There was a couple of Soviet Turbo-prop (Ilyushin-8)
passenger aircraft doing the same flights as us and
our rep. ask them if they had room to give our whole
crew a ride back to Karachi.
They did and we all got to ride on a Soviet aircraft.
The Soviet Captain wanted to see our aircraft inside
the cockpit, so we gave him a look see and then we
said we would like to see inside their cockpit and
he showed us onboard.
That aircraft was built like a sea going ship,
everything looked big, heavy and rugged.
On that particular plane they had a separate
compartment in the rear section of the cabin
separated by a curtain that had enough seats to
accommodate our whole crew.
They gave us all a shot of Russian Vodka during the
flight. When our plane was fixed, we got a ride back
on the same Soviet aircraft to Bangladesh.
After this operation was done there, we were to
ferry the aircraft back to JFK, NY, but if I remember
right we had trouble with an over fly rights along
the route home.
So till I find my missing log book or a crewmember
on the same trip can confirm this, will have to let
that part of the flight slide for now.