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the view from seat 6A

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Coming in closer to route around the blaze and the smoke cloud.


See my set of pics for more of my aerial shots of the Buncefield (UK) Fuel Depot Fire and the BBC story about User Generated Content with a fair bit about what I saw that day.


Taken by me from seat 6A from Ryanair FR903 STN-CORK on the morning of 11th December 2005. Was pure luck that I'd ended up on the left hand side of the plane in a window seat (as I normally would sit in row 1 if possible - but it was busy) with my camera on my lap and not in the box above, let alone having the camera on this flight at all :-)


We were getting closer and it was by now obvious that the fire was huge (this was taken at 11.41 am and the explosion had happened at 6.13 that morning) !


Going through my archives and also I've since toned up on my PS skills a little enough to play with some of the pics I didn't think were good enough to share at the time.


So I thought I'd air them and see what people thought.


Earlier text - Taken the morning of the Buncefield Fuel/Oil Depot fire/explosion - the pilot banked to fly around the smoke and I got a series of pics (some of which are earlier in my photos)


I saw this ominous cloud over London and thought that's strange on a foggy day.


I hadn't heard the news as I'd been travelling all morning but someone on the plane had a relative 4 miles away that had their windows popped.

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Taken on December 11, 2005