Asia: Choppers over Pakistan

When U.S. oil crews used helicopters to fly to remote drilling sites in Pakistan eight years ago, the Pakistanis were so intrigued by the strange machines that the pilots had to keep their rotor blades turning while on the ground to hold back the curious crowds. Last week Pakistanis were not only staring at helicopters, but flying in them too. Pakistan International Airlines has started a helicopter service that will eventually link 20 east-Pakistan towns in the world's most extensive helicopter network. In a land where travel is made slow and difficult by hundreds of marshes and rivers, the...

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