Bangkok’s ‘private jet graveyard’ becomes a morbid tourist attraction
A morbid-looking aircraft graveyard in Thailand attracts visitors and sparks speculation.
Thailand’s winding side streets hold many mysteries. So perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised by the latest revelation from the town of Sois: the creepy storage site for planes, where two private jets worth a combined A$122.8 million were abandoned.
The jet graveyard has now become a tourist attraction, with hundreds of visitors willing to pay 300 baht (AUD$12) to see the decomposed planes.
Both planes were once operated by Orient Thai Airlines, and after they were jettisoned, a businessman intended to turn them into outdoor bars. The plan was scrapped after running out of funds.
Photographer Dax Ward, who has visited the site before, said The sun“The project was a fiasco and the foreign investor left the site as it was.”
“As far as I know, there are currently no plans to move them, although the land they sit on is quite expensive.”
He added: “It’s very strange in the cemetery.”
The planes seem to have been there for quite some time. Coconut reported in 2014: “Today, aircraft interiors have been stripped, but carpeting, overhead bins and bathrooms are still intact. Oxygen masks, safety manuals and other items are strewn across the area, almost as if the planes had crashed there.
Also according to Coconutit used to cost a third of the price to go see them: “To catch a glimpse of this unexpected sight, head to Ramkhamhaeng Road Soi 101 and continue for about 100 meters,” Coconuts wrote in 2014. “The land is on the to left, next to a body repair shop.
“It’s private property, but here’s a Coconut pro tip: the security guard accepts 100 THB (4 AUD) as the entrance fee. »
Coconut also reports that these are not the first planes to appear in this boneyard, alleging that circa 2010 “a pair of two Boeing 747 nose sections were waiting to be dismantled [there].”
“Seeing these massive sections of a jumbo jet once known as the ‘Queen of the Sky’ begs the question: how did they get there? Only one 747 nose remains, accompanied by MD-82s.
Coconut added: ‘The MD-82 built by McDonnell Douglas was a commercial airliner which entered service in 1981. Since the registration numbers of the two seated inside Ramkamhaeng’s boneyard were painted, it is difficult to say when these aircraft were operated or retired. ”
“Even more mysterious is how their large bodies – the MD-82’s fuselage spanning over 40 meters in length – ended up here with so many other aircraft components so far from a runway. ‘landing.”
“It is interesting to note that the same model of aircraft, operated by the same airline, was involved in a fatal accident a few years ago,” Coconut added.
In South Bali is an abandoned Boeing 737. It’s not in an airport or an airplane graveyard. Instead, it sits in a field near some kind of limestone quarry, and no one is quite sure how it got there. The plane has now become a tourist attraction in its own right. pic.twitter.com/mpMFhiUudM
— Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) March 1, 2018
It’s not the only mysterious ossuary in the world. There is also one in Arizona, USA, where derelict military jets have sparked much speculation. Besides that, there is one in the south of Bali, where Dark Atlas reports, an abandoned Boeing 737 lies idle.