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Boeing mysteriously appears in Bali field and no one knows how it got there

By Andrew Alpin, 14 October

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It’s easy to lose your keys, but try to picture losing a plane with 200 people on it. This is the strange mystery of a Boeing 737 that has been left in the middle of a field in Bali. No one knows how it got there to this day.

At Ngurah Rai International Airport, the most well-known plane in Bali isn’t a sleek Airbus. Instead, it’s a Boeing 737-200 that has been left in a field near Pandawa Beach. Many people have tried to figure out how and why the Boeing got there. But why has Bali become a hotspot where planes are often abandoned is still a mystery.

10 How the plane got there is still a mystery

It was discovered in a limestone quarry close to the Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Highway. It is only a short drive from the popular Pandawa beach. As is often the case with strange things that can’t be explained, many ideas have been put forward about how the plane got there.

How the plane got there is still a mystery

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9 One opinion is that a businessman put the plane there

Most people in the area think that a wealthy businessman put the Boeing there in the first place. The story goes that he wanted to turn it into a restaurant but didn’t have enough money to finish, so he just left the plane in the field. But, as was said, authorities have never confirmed this.

One opinion is that a businessman put the plane there

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8 Supposedly the abandoned Boeing is a former Mandala Airlines jet

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ATDB.aero says that the Boeing 737-200 was made in October 1982. Arkia Israeli Airlines put it into service in March of the next year. By the end of the year, Dan-Air London also used it. After almost a decade of flying for the British airline as G-BLDE, the twinjet left the company in November 1992. This is when British Airways bought Dan-Air and added it to its operations at Gatwick.

The plane was given to Mandala Airlines as PK-RII in March 1993. This low-cost airline in Indonesia was based in Jakarta. In 2011, it changed its name to Tigerair Mandala. Three years later, in 2014, the airline stopped running because its owners stopped giving it money. PK-RII had already departed by this time.

ATDB says that the 737-200 in question stopped flying for Mandala Airlines in November 2007, but this is unclear. On the other hand, ch-aviation.com says that this happened in February 2008. In any case, the well-traveled plane didn’t end up where it is now until a few years later.

Supposedly the abandoned Boeing is a former Mandala Airlines jet

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