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Father José Aldamiz – Amazon Missionary & Aviator | Puerto Maldonado, Madre De Dios | Dominican — Northern Peru & Amazonia Excursions | Kuelap & Gocta


Right now, all transport was by river, making communication and the availability of companies tough.

As a response to this, Aldamiz seemed to trendy expertise to help. He arrange Radio Madre de Dios, broadcasting from Puerto Maldonado.

He additionally obtained his civilian pilot’s licence in 1960, and bought maintain of a Cessna 695, which he christened Martin de Porres, in honour of the Dominican monk (and ultimately, saint) who had been identified for his work with the poor and sick in Lima within the seventeenth Century.

Aldamiz used this airplane to ferry the sick to hospital, and ship messages and very important items, utilizing small airfields on the outskirts of indigenous villages.

On twenty fourth December, 1966 he left the village of Iberia, on Madre de Dios’ Bolivian border, to fly 4 women to Puerto Esperanza in Ucayali Division, in order that they may spend Christmas with their households.

Sadly, the Cessna’s motor failed and the airplane crashed into the forest of Flor de Acre. Two of the women survived, however Aldamiz and the opposite two women didn’t.

The surviving women described how Aldamiz had calmly granted absolution to the passengers, because the airplane descended.

In honour of his sacrifice, the President of Peru declared Aldamiz to be a ‘Warrior for Peace’ and named Puerto Maldonado’s airport after him – Aeropuerto Padre Aldamiz.




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