THREE RED BIRDS DYING
Are these future plane crashes?
compiled by Dee Finney
|12-30-06 - DREAM - I went to a pet shop to buy some birds.
The owner of the store tried to sell me some parrots. He was carrying two red parrots, but red is not my favorite color, so he handed me a yellow parrot and showed me how to hold it.
I saw that he had a lot of long tail feathers hanging on the glass wall of his shop - all different colors.
I told him I wanted to see all his birds. I saw that he had blue birds and white birds too. The white bird looked like a dove - not a parrot.
I needed time to decide what color birds I wanted, and was thinking that red, white, and blue birds would be nice because it was patriotic colors. But I wondered if I would need two of each color to pair them up.
while I was thinking about it, I saw 3 red parrots laying on their backs on the window sill. They were all dying.
So I decided not to buy any birds at all.
Rescue Workers Sent to Find Lost Indonesian Passenger
Indonesian Adam Air Boeing 737
01 January 2007
Officials say rescue teams have been dispatched to find a Indonesian passenger jet carrying 102 people after contact was lost during a flight Monday.
Indonesia's transportation minister Hatta Radjasa says a distress signal was detected from the northern island of Sulawesi.
Air traffic controllers say they lost contact with the Adam Air Boeing 737 jet while it was flying at 10,000 meters. Ninety six passengers and a crew of six, including 11 children were on board.
Air traffic controllers say the plane was in the middle of a two-hour flight, from Surabaya in east Java to Mandao on the northern tip of Sulawesi, when contact was lost.
Adam Air is a privately owned, low-cost airline that began operations in Indonesia several years ago. Most of its flights are domestic.
Last year, one of Adam Air's jetliners lost all communication and navigation systems during a flight between the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and Makassar on Sulawesi Island, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters
[Editor note: We don't know who wrote this story - but it is said not to be true~}
12 survive Indonesia jet crash; 90 die
By ZAKKI HAKIM, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 11 minutes ago
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Rescuers found the smoldering wreckage
Tuesday of an Indonesian jetliner that went missing during a
storm, and officials said 90 people were killed but 12 survived in
the country's second major disaster in days. Monday's crash
followed the sinking of a passenger ferry late Friday in
Indonesia's Java Sea that left 400 people dead or missing.
The Boeing 737 operated by local carrier Adam Air crashed in a mountainous region of Sulawesi island in the northeast of the sprawling archipelagic nation, said local police Chief Col. Genot Hariyanto.
The 17-year-old plane carried six crew and 96 passengers, including 11 children. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta said three Americans were aboard, but there was no immediate word on whether they survived or on their identities.
Adam Air spokesman Hartonom, who goes by just one name, said 90 people were killed and that there were 12 survivors.
Officials said rescuers were trying to evacuate survivors, but there was no immediate word on their conditions.
"The plane is destroyed and many bodies are around there," Hariyanto said.
The plane was on a domestic flight from Java island to Sulawesi when it disappeared late Monday about an hour before it was due to land amid very bad weather. The captain managed to send out two distress signals, said national aviation chief Ichsan Tatang said late Monday.
Hundreds of people gathered at Manado airport, the aircraft's destination.
Some collapsed when they heard the news 90 people had died, while others angrily banged on the door of the Adam Air office there, demanding information, witnesses said.
"I have heard on the television that 12 people survived, I just hope that one of them is my father," said Ridwan Lamani.
Justin Tumurang's twin sister was on the plane.
"Being a twin, we share almost every feeling. I felt something was not right, and it grew worse. Now I feel pain," she said.
Weeks of seasonal rains and high winds in Indonesia have caused several deadly floods, landslides and maritime accidents, including the sinking of the ferry.
The passenger ship capsized about 650 miles from the area where the Adam Air plane disappeared, and naval ships and helicopters have since scoured the choppy tropical waters for ferry survivors. However, officials said bad weather on Tuesday was preventing rescuers from resuming the search.
Loved ones also gathered in the Central Java port town of Rembang, awaiting word about the ferry, many losing hope as bloated bodies continued to wash to shore.
Search and rescue operations were continuing, with nearly 200 survivors found, but a temporary morgue also was being set up at a port close to where the Senopati Nusantara went down.
Hundreds of body bags were being readied.
"I am tired of crying," said Sipan, who goes by only one name, as he waited at the local hospital for news of his son. "Dead or alive, I will accept his destiny. It is up to God. All I can do is keep waiting."
With more than 17,000 islands, boats are one of the main modes of transportation in Indonesia. But people are increasingly taking to the skies, thanks in part to the emergence of budget airlines.
Adam Air is one of at least a dozen budget airlines that have emerged in Indonesia since 1999, when the industry was deregulated. The rapid expansion has led to cheap flights to scores of destinations around the sprawling nation, but has raised some safety concerns, since many of the airlines are small and lease planes that are decades old.
The aircraft's last inspection was on Dec. 25 and it had flown 45,371 hours, Tatang said.
Last year, an Adam Air jetliners lost all communication and navigation systems for four hours during a flight between the Indonesian capital Jakarta and Makassar on Sulawesi Island, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing at a small provincial airport.
A day later, the plane flew to a regional airport with proper maintenance facilities without being given the go-ahead by aviation authorities, a major violation of national and international safety rules.
In September 2005, a Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 crashed after take off on Sumatra island, killing 143 people.
In September 1997, a Garuda Airlines Airbus crashed into a jungle-covered mountain slope in Sumatra, killing all 234 people aboard. Two months later, a Silk Air Boeing 737 jet crashed into a river on Sumatra, killing 104 people.
Adam Air, which began operations in 2003, was founded by Agung Laksono, the speaker of Indonesia's house of representatives and the company's chairman.
Last year, one of the airline's jetliners lost all communication and navigation systems for four hours during a flight between the Indonesian capital Jakarta and Makassar on Sulawesi Island, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
Missing jetliner may have been found
An Indonesian navy ship found metal on the ocean floor that might be the wreckage of a jetliner that disappeared a week ago with 102 people on board, a naval officer said Monday.
A more sophisticated U.S. Navy ocean mapping ship assisting in the search for the Boeing 737 was heading to waters off Sulawesi Island's western coast to do a more detailed survey, said Gatot Sudijanto, a commodore in the Indonesian navy.
"If that metal turns out to be what we are looking for, then thanks be to God," he said, adding that metal was detected in three locations within a several-mile radius.
The Adam Air plane left Java island for the North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado on New Year's Day, but experienced 80 mph winds and storms halfway through the two-hour flight, forcing it to change course at least twice, officials said.
The pilot never issued a mayday or reported mechanical problems.
With no emergency location signal to guide more than 3,600 soldiers, police and volunteers searching in the island's dense jungles and surrounding seas, teams have fanned out over a nearly 30,000-square-mile area -- about the size of South Carolina.
Lucky Setiandika, whose wife of only two months was on the plane, has been included in several aerial surveys over remote mountainous terrain, mumbling "Where are you? I'm here, please give me a sign" as he scanned the thick vegetation with tears in his eyes.
"I still believe my wife is alive," the 25-year-old said Monday.
Singapore has been providing aerial surveys and a National Transportation Safety Board team arrived Friday from the U.S., along with representatives from Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and General Electric, to help investigate the likely crash.
Three Americans -- a man from Oregon and his two daughters -- were among the plane's passengers. It is not clear if any other foreigners were on board.
A day after the plane disappeared, authorities incorrectly reported they had found the jet's charred wreckage and that there were 12 survivors, causing anguish among family members, many of whom have been waiting at nearby airports and hotels.
Adam Air is one of about 30 budget carriers that sprang up in Indonesia after the industry was deregulated in 1998. The rapid expansion has led to cheap flights throughout Indonesia, but has raised concerns about maintenance of the leased planes.
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