In­done­sian sub­urb hit by plane dis­as­ters twice in 10 years

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

MEDAN, In­done­sia — A decade ago, when an In­done­sian pas­sen­ger jet crashed into a quaint neigh­bour­hood in In­done­sia’s third-big­gest city, Medan, Waktu Tari­gan thought he’d never wit­ness any­thing like that again. He was wrong. On Tues­day, an air force trans­port plane with 122 peo­ple on board plowed into the same neigh­bour­hood. And the same street. In 2005, Padang Bu­lan was a charm­ing mid­dle-class residential area in this steamy trop­i­cal city of 3 mil­lion. Its main road, Jamin Gint­ing, was lined with colo­nial-style houses with well­man­i­cured gar­dens. The area’s only draw­back was noise from nearby Polo­nia air­port, then the main in­ter­na­tional gate­way for Su­ma­tra, one of In­done­sia’s main is­lands. ``I can­not for­get the plane crash of 10 years ago. It feels like it hap­pened just yesterday,’’ said Tari­gan, 40, who ran an elec­tron­ics busi­ness in his house across the street from where the Man­dala Air­lines plane went down in June 2005, killing at least 149.

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