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February 03, 2004

Update: Gus McLeod Encounters Political Turbulence Down South

Latin American Bureaucracy Slows Him Down

It appears Gus McLeod is a few miles closer to his polar crossing, but complications of one form or another have slowed his progress a bit. On Wednesday, Gus took off from Panama City enroute to Tumbes, Peru, when he was diverted to land in Ecuador. Gus was forced to land by the Ecuadorians, who forced him to stand before a tribunal and explain how his aircraft -- called the Firefly -- was not a military machine. Apparently, when the Panamanians filed his flight plan to Peru, they somehow listed his trip as a military flight, hence the Ecuadorian confusion. So, with only a few hours of sleep and all the bureaucratic headaches out of his way, Gus set course for Santiago, Chile. Along the way, Gus

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