Saturday, January 6, 2007


Disappearance of Indonesian jet baffling

`An hour after Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year’s Day with 102 passengers and crew for what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then, the plane disappeared, seemingly into thin air.

Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies, and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday in a search of an area roughly the size of California.

By nightfall, there was still no trace of the missing Boeing 737, its six crew members and 96 passengers including an Oregon man and his two daughters.

“It is kind of strange,” said Febrizal Lubis, a pilot for another Indonesian airline. “The plane was going along at 35,000 feet, and then with no mayday or distress signal, it disappeared like that.”‘

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