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An aircraft and several helicopters are entombed in volcanic ash on the runway of Rabaul Airport as the Tavurvur stratovolcano erupts on 23 September, 1994. The blanket of ash made the scene feel surreal -- as if you were standing inside an old black and white television set. Only the clouds of yellow sulphur wafting down the street added any colour to the otherwise monochromatic landscape. I later learned that the plane in the foreground was salvaged and is still being used on domestic flights within PNG. Photo credit: Torsten Blackwood/AFP