There is an expression "flying on a wing and a prayer" but in Indonesia perhaps that should read "flying on half a wing and a prayer". I read in the local paper this morning that yesterday airport officials in Jakarta found a three-metre long section of a wing on the main runway - but no airline has come forward to claim it.

I wonder whether it fell off a Batavia Airlines jet? They got some bad publicity last month when parts of the wing of one of their Boeing 737s fell off after mechanics forgot to tighten some bolts (see my 21 November post) so maybe it's happened again but this time they are too embarrassed to own up.

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