What is it with Jakartass and airplanes?
A lot of superstitious folk think that SBY is jinxed. How else can you explain the catalogue of disasters that rained down on Indonesia since he began his reign as President? This week has seen landslide fatalities in Flores
, massive earthquakes in West Sumatra
which have set off volcanic eruptions
and now, this morning, yet another plane crash.
Maybe there's another explanation for some of these though. No sooner do I write about plane crashes, or near crashes, than one happens
, and it wasn't even a budget airline. Sorry folks.A Boeing 737-400 owned by state airline Garuda burst into flames on landing in Yogyakarta, Java at 0700 (0000 GMT). Survivors say large numbers of passengers escaped through the emergency doors before the plane burst into flames. It had reportedly shaken violently before landing.
Ghouls can see loads of fotos
, as we say in these parts, here
, and here
Regarding the earthquakes which hit West Sumatra, we haven't heard anything other than what's in the news media. We do know that work is progressing towards the soft opening of Hotel Rimbo
, but we haven't heard of any aftermath in the neighbouring town of Lubuk Sikaping which is 4 hours driving and therefore about 250 kilometres north of Padang.
As is now all too customary, our thoughts are with those affected in all these disasters, natural or otherwise.