I was sitting peacefully reading and gazing at the flowers at the front of the house when I see a plane at tree- top-level over the water. Is it about to crash or crash-land? And red and white livery – what local airline is that? I race over to Gurney drive, and there is nothing to see. No plane in the water. Nearby someone was sitting, so I asked him if he’d seen a plane, but he didn’t speak English. The plane reappears higher up and heads clockwise around to Penang Hill to drop its load of water.
The plane continues in a circle around towards George Town, then does a U-Turn and lands to pick up water.
Then it takes off and does a U-turn, and heads clockwise back to the fire.
So, basically it is flying a figure of eight. It takes around four minutes to do one lap, and I’m told it did it about 10 times.