Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mysterious abandoned Boeing 737 is turning into a tourist destination

(Google Maps)

An abandoned plane is sitting in the middle of a field in Bali, and the mystery on everyone’s minds is how it got there.

The Boeing 737, which sits off the Raya Nusa Dua Selatan highway, five minutes from the beach, is something of a tourist attraction these days, reported.

The plane itself has no branding, so it is unclear whether or not it belonged to an airline. Some people speculate that the surrounding shipping containers concealed it from view for a while, according to The Sun. Others have theorized that the plane was meant to be converted into a restaurant, but the owner ran out of money and abandoned it.

Now, it sits behind private gates and is protected by a security guard. Tourists who want to see it must buy tickets and very few actually get to see what’s on board. Some visitors and travel bloggers have tried to get up close to the plane, to no avail.

With no leads on its origin or the fates of the crew members and passengers, the plane remains just another mysterious attraction by the side of the road.

(Andrea Romano - Fox News / Travel + Leisure)

The aircraft is not unknown as the story indicates, but has a rather long and interesting history. The Fox News story is another in a long line of inaccurate reports by the mainstream media and why we should not to let reporters who know nothing about aviation write about it as if they do.

Michael Carter
Aero Pacific Flightlines

I have compiled the aircraft's history below:

4X-BAC Boeing 737-2E7(A) Arkia - Israeli Airlines 15. Mar 1983
2x PW JT8D-17A
G-BLDE Boeing 737-2E7(A) Dan-Air London 22. Dec 1983
2x PW JT8D-17A
4X-BAC Boeing 737-2E7(A) Arkia - Israeli Airlines 26. Mar 1984
2x PW JT8D-17A
  • leased from Dan-Air London
G-BLDE Boeing 737-2E7(A) Dan-Air London 22. Apr 1984
2x PW JT8D-17A
  • ret
PK-RII Boeing 737-2E7(A) Mandala Airlines 15. Mar 1993
2x PW JT8D-17A
  • Preserved Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia  

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