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Palu shuts indefinitely after major earthquake

02 October 2018

Palu Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Indonesia is closed until further notice after being severely damaged in an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale on 28 September.

The terminal building was badly damaged and the four-storey air traffic control tower collapsed, killing one controller who had stayed behind to assist a Batik Air B-737-800 flight.

Ground-based navigation systems and a 500 m stretch of the 2,500 m-long runway were also damaged.

Christie Widjaya, a senior official at the Indonesian Ministry of Transport, said the government intends to rebuild the airport once funds are available.

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