Posted on 19 September 2021.
Bali is trying various tactics and strategies to restart its long-stalled tourism industry during the continuing global pandemic. Some may argue that some of these measures are more praise-worthy than others.
As reported also by detik.com, a Russian businessman resident in Bali, Felix Demin, recently purchased the plane from a scrapyard in China, where he ordered it broken down into sections for reassembly on the Bali cliffside.
It has taken a crew of workers a week to reassemble the plane on the edge of the cliff.
Despite Bali’s “set-back zoning rules” that stipulate “buildings” located on an ocean cliff or river embankment must be located at least as far away from the cliff’s edge as the height of the corresponding cliff face. Demin insists he has the necessary permits and licenses to erect and operate the Boeing fuselage as an accommodation venue and location for photography buffs.
Demin’s assertions of legality appear to be endorsed by the silence of provincial and regency zoning officials about the well-publicized “landing” of the plane on a location that it will now dominate one of the Island’s most scenic seascapes.
The public awaits further details on the proposed use of the derelict aircraft on the Cliff at Nyang Nyang Beach while deciding if the project that has landed on the panoramic cliff face will become Bali’s newest tourist “attraction” or “distraction.”
Bali: A Boneyard for Abandoned Airplanes