Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6180 posts, RR: 74 Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2380 times:
Airport is still open, but expect severe delays. Several flights are moved into the airbase to use the facilities there.
This morning the 6am Batavia was delayed, about 2 hrs or so, and then a pax went mad and opened the emergency exit while the aircraft was taxying... *not enough details yet*
But Medan IS open!
They're investigating the cause of the fire because it is suspicious that not too long ago the intl terminal also caught fire.
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
GFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
When I first read the news it sounded like MES was razed to the ground, and I don't mind admitting that a warm feeling ran right through me. Sadly, Polonia survives...
MES has got to rank as one of the world's unluckiest airports. I can't relax flying in or out of the place. Two major terminal fires, an horrific crash just outside the perimeter, countless near misses and even passengers getting shot at by check-in staff!
As for pak Kretek's suggestion that CGK might be better off burnt to the ground, I would hope that such a fire could be limited to T2 arrivals - or any part of T1. I actually quite like T2 upstairs.
I would rather it happened at LHR, particularly at T3. At least at Indonesian airports if there is a delay you can enjoy a kretek or 6 and perhaps even an overpriced bottle of Bintang.
Quoting Kretek (Reply 2): I wish it happened at Jakarta's airport! The whole airport needs to be razed so a spanking new one rises from the ashes.
I actually quite like the airport, the problem is the people at the airport. Everytime I arrive in Jakarta I'm greeted with "mau ke mana?" "copy watch, copy watch?" or "taksi, taksi, taksi?". Of course, politely saying "no" does nothing to rid oneself of these cretins so I always end up telling them to "foxtrot oscar" which then makes me feel bad.
GFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
The truth is more mundane, I'm afraid. The check-in guy was inspecting a firearm that had been handed over for the flight by some off duty police or military officer. Needless to say check-in staff are utterly unqualified for such inspections and I suppose it was only a matter of time until someone left a shell in the breech, but the check-in dude managed to injure a surprising number of people with one round.