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Maintaining the Search for Missing Flight MH370

CPL Payne conducts a refuel as part of the maintenance team for the RNZAF P-3K2 Orion searching for MH370
CPL Payne conducts a refuel as part of the maintenance team for the RNZAF P-3K2 Orion searching for MH370

15 April 2014

Corporal (CPL) Logan Payne is an Aircraft Technician and one of the dedicated maintenance team for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion searching for missing flight MH370.

Born and raised in Pukekohe, CPL Payne is based at Whenuapai Air Base as an Aircraft Technician with Number 5 Squadron. He ensures the aircraft is fit to fly.

CPL Payne joined up to the RNZAF after finishing high school at Pukekohe High.

“I didn’t want to be an academic, I wanted to get my hands dirty and learn how things worked. It was also good not having a student loan and being paid to train,” said CPL Payne on his motivation to enlist.

“Number 5 Squadron is New Zealand’s airborne surveillance and response force. We carry out maritime patrols, anti surface and anti submarine warfare, and are most commonly known for search and rescues.

“The search for the MH-370 flight is one of the largest that the RNZAF has ever been involved in. The search area is larger than the area of New Zealand.

“This has been an amazing experience being part of such a large multi national effort and heartfelt cause,” said CPL Payne.

No. 5 Squadron maintains an Orion aircraft at two hours readiness to get airborne, with twelve aircrew and eight maintenance personnel on standby 24/7, 365 days of the year.

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