- Posted July 4, 2012 by
Indonesia,West Jakarta, Indonesia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Chunks Netherlands plane Found in Kolaka
Archaeological Heritage Preservation Hall with Kolaka Makassar Diving Club of Southeast Sulawesi found a number of objects with large chunks of suspected Dutch-owned warplane dropped decades ago.
Members of the Archaeological Heritage Preservation Hall Makassar (BP3M), Abdul, explains, his team get information from traditional fishing in waters that are Kolaka chunk that is similar to the fuselage. "After we did the dive, we did find chunks of it. Size all kinds, some small and some large upright standing. Now we are just waiting for a response from the government (of Regional Government) in order to lift chunks of the local," he said, Wednesday (07/04/2012).
Abdul also added, it is currently performing the preparation of the data associated with these findings. Therefore they can not specify in detail the findings. However, in the near future, search will be re-done in the area around the lump, allegedly because there is another chunk.
In addition, in the process of diving were found several problems that the team can not work optimally. Chairman Kolaka Diving Club (KDC) Irfan explained, the depth of the slab is only 12 meters to the seabed, but the water conditions made it difficult dives.
"In the sea floor there are three blocks consisting of an aircraft wing, the cockpit, and the hull. However, the muddy sea floor dives and complicates the process of data collection in the sea. This is what makes a diving friends can not survive long in the sea so have to wait for the water was clear to dive back, "said Irfan.
He also added that there are still a few lumps are buried under the mud on the seabed.
Meanwhile, observers and historians assert Shocit Kolaka, chunks of the plane was supposedly Dutch aircraft type B-29 that is used specifically as bombers. "It is thought the plane went down in 1943 when Japanese forces attacked the Dutch allies in Pomalaa. It is written in the diary of a veteran who is in Kolaka. Said, that year, many planes were shot down by Japanese," said Shocit.
Shocit also reminded, that at that time Pomalaa which is the discovery of these chunks, once the area is contested by Japan and the Netherlands because it has great potential for agricultural products. Chunks Found in Netherlands plane Kolaka