Friday 23 February 2018

Mysterious Abandoned Aeroplane

I've covered the presence of mysterious objects many times on HPANWO and it turns out that I'm not the only blogger who does so. Katja and Mic are a couple from Slovenia who run the blog We Just Travel and, as its name suggests, they are seasoned globetrotters who have toured the world from Austria to Zimbabwe. One of their entries covers a subject which converges with my own interests. While backpacking on the Indonesian island of Bali they came across a mysterious aeroplane whose presence defies all explanation. They'd heard rumours about it from local people and other holidaymakers and so set out to find it. The aeroplane is a Boeing 737 airliner and it can be found on the Bukit Peninsula in the far south of the island. It is just a mile inland of Pandawa Beach and is difficult to spot from ground level. It sits at the bottom of an oblong quarry on the north side of the Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Road. It is hidden from view by a row of shipping containers and the quarry's owner does not allow access; however it can be easily seen from nearby public land. Katja and Mic have taken many photographs for their website and Instagram page. Source: and: It has become a notable tourist attraction and many of Bali's three million annual visitors are seeking it out for selfies.

There is very little information available about the enigmatic abandoned aircraft. I should point out immediately, before somebody inevitably asks, that this is not the missing Malaysia Airlines MH-370, see: That was a Boeing 777-200ER; this aircraft is a Boeing 737. Interestingly it is the same model used by the "Janet" airline that provides access to Area 51, see:, not that there is definitely a connection. The rumour is that the landowner originally planned to convert the aircraft into an unusual themed restaurant, but the business plan failed. The plane has obviously been at the location for some considerable time. It is covered in cracks and rust, and it has weeds growing around its undercarriage. It is certainly in no condition to fly. The faded paintwork is plain white while the Janet planes have a red cheatline. There is no livery on it and no markings at all except some graffiti. If it ever had a registration number on its tailfin then this has been obliterated. Any positive identification of the aircraft will be difficult unless it can be examined closely. The biggest question is: how did it get there? It cannot possibly have flown because it would have had to land in the quarry which, as you can see from the photographs, is surrounded by steep walls and tall trees on all sides. If it were put there some other way, then how? It would need to be transported by road, probably in several separate pieces, then manoeuvred by a large crane or a helicopter into the quarry and then reassembled. Such a major transportation and construction project would have shut down half the island. The Balinese natives would definitely remember it and would have made records; photographs, documents etc. There is a piece of another aircraft in the quarry too, but this is a far smaller model and it is only a nosecone. Could the mystery involve a more esoteric element perhaps relating to UFO's or secret technology? This must be considered. The situation actually reminds me of the scene in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind where a ship that vanished in the Bermuda Triangle is left in the middle of the Gobi Desert in central Asia. Did this 737 airliner go missing at all? I've looked at Wikipedia's list of missing aircraft and there is not a single recorded case involving a Boeing 737. UFO's have often been associated with other missing aircraft though; most famously the disappearance of Frederick Valentich, an Australian pilot who was flying a Cessna light aircraft in 1978. He was traversing the sea between the Australian mainland and Tasmania when he reported a UFO to air traffic control just before he vanished. The presence of the UFO could have caused him to crash into the sea and sink without trace; or was he and his aircraft "taken" by the UFO? Was this 737 airliner in Bali "taken" in the same way, but never reported for some reason; perhaps because it was part of the Janet fleet? Alternatively this aircraft could be a large example of an apport, an object that appears out of thin air by supernatural means. This matter is further complicated by the presence of yet another abandoned aircraft on Bali. This is also a Boeing 737 airliner and it sits by the side of a busy road in Kedonganan, just a few miles away from the first plane, in the grounds of a branch of Dunkin' Donuts. This aircraft is far easier to visit, see: There is some mystery surrounding this aeroplane too and it also clearly could not have landed there. If UFO's are behind these unusual aviation reappearances then what are they planning to return next?

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