All Those Wonderful Stories...
Transocean Air Lines        1946 - 1960
TALOA NEWS Dec. 1952
  As Flight 400/29 under command of Captain Kosteff with First Officer Jubinville and Navigator
Angelos proceeded from Kwajalein to Majuro on a routine operation under TAL's Trust Territory
contract early this fall, the vessel M. V. Rogue radioed it was standing by at Likiep Atoll with a
child on board in need of immediate medical care. Reporting that it was anchored in the lagoon
of the atoll, the Rogue requested that a TAL craft pick up the child. Back in TAL's Guam dispatch
office a map check revealed that Likiep was 106 miles NW of Ebeye. Vic Lakin radioed Kosteff
approval to divert his flight after passengers were offloaded at Majuro. Within a half-hour of
receiving the radioed approval, TAL's crew was again in the air with a doctor aboard and headed
for the lonely atoll. In the lagoon TAL's seaworthy Taloa Truk made the' water landing and
maneuvered close to the ship. 'Smoothly the two crews transferred a tiny, shrunken baby and its
Marshallese mother to Taloa Truk. At Kwajalein's hospital Navy doctors diagnosed the child's
case as an unknown tropical disease, but TAL's quick action had delivered a living child for
whom there was still hope.
Taloa Truk A Lifesaver
Transocean cameraman catches the emergency take-off o f a TAL PBY. Under Captain Kosteff,
First Officer Jubinville and Copilot Angelos, mission from Majuro to save a child's life was quick
and successful.