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From Big Gully, I believe Ryan continued to follow the road towards Omarama, rather than follow the transmission lines.
This is due to two reasons:

1/ There is a good aerodrome at Omarama that he could land at if he felt the weather was too bad to continue. He could also establish what the weather was at that aerodrome if he needed to divert back to - an escape route!

2/ A woman camped at the head of Lake Benmore, saw an aircraft beyond Twizel and towards Ohau Range, heading south west. If Ryan had continued to follow the transmission lines, then she would have seen him go past, which would have been easier to remember than one that was so far away.
Ryan must have felt the weather was okay to continue as he was heard and then seen flying over Lake Ohau and then fly over Lake Ohau Station, heading up the Hopkins , towards Huxley, towards Brodrick Pass, between 12 to 3.00 pm. - Red and white Cessna.

Even though the reported weather by all these witnesses was not good, and in their opinion it was not flyable, does not mean that it can’t be flown. To a person that is in a rain shower (or low lying cloud) looking out at an aeroplane that is flying past, may believe that the aeroplane is in the rain (or cloud) also, yet this may not be the case. The aeroplane may well be outside of that rain/cloud in clear weather.

To all accounts, the impression I get from all the witnesses that I have contacted on that coast to date, has been that the best way to describe the weather on the 8th November 1997, was that of passing squalls, which means that there was intervals of relative fine in between them.


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