18-Dec-2005 -- While NAGECO Crew 201 is conducting a seismic survey at the edge of the Great Sand Seas on the east side of GSPLAJ Libya, the visiting of more degree confluence points in the vicinity of our base camp location continues.
The DCP at 29N 22E was next in what is now known on the crew as the Confluence Point Plan. This point is located approximately 86 kilometers northwest from the current crew’s base camp and 50 kilometers east of Jālū town.
Four men traveling in two Land Rover pickup trucks set out from base camp on 18 December 2005 to visit the point. The four men involved in this visit were Mohamed Zubeir, Mustafa Saad, Patrick Viles, and Charlie Micallef. The team departed from base camp at 8:30 a.m. and traveled in a northwest direction from base camp to reach the confluence point.
There was an exciting moment during the trip when approximately 55 kilometers away from base camp the confluence team came across the remains of a small crashed airplane, most probably a Twin Otter. The only part that could be seen above the sand was the tail section. The team is doing some research to try to acquire more information about the crash. The number on the plane is not very clear since the metal is all twisted but we have emailed the FAA, quoting the Lat and Lon of the wreck site. Hopefully, we will get some more info soon.
The confluence point 29N 22E is located in a gently undulating featureless sandy area. The DCP was marked with an aluminum tag and photos were taken to show the landscape at the four quadrants as seen from the location itself. The handheld Garmin GPS III Plus was used to locate the point.