A photographer has shared captivating images from Thailand that show the remnants of two large abandoned jets.
Formerly operated by Orient Thai Airlines, the deserted MD-82 jetliners remain in place following a failed business venture. They can be seen at the site in Bangkok which has become somewhat of an unconventional tourist attraction, with curious travellers going to see the skeletal remains for themselves.
36-year old Photographer Dax Ward captured the images on a trip recently. “The planes were supposedly placed there a few years ago by a foreign investor who wanted to create a special outdoor bar using the fuselage as a stage for bands and the service rooms for the bar crew. The project was a fiasco and the investor left the site as it is.”
Ward also said that there are no plans to move the planes, despite the fact that the land that they sit on is valuable.
The site is operated by a local woman who lives there in a converted fuselage and charges an entry fee of 300 baht per person.
The registration numbers on the two planes have been painted over, making it difficult to tell when they were officially retired from operation. The interiors of the planes have been mostly stripped away also, revealing the bones of the crafts while carpeting and overhead bins remain intact. Oxygen masks, safety manuals and other debris can also be seen scattered around the site.
“It is very eerie. There are children’s toys and other personal objects scattered around, left by people who have stayed there for whatever reason, almost making it feel like a crash site. In Thai culture places like this are often seen as haunted, even if no one has actually passed away at the location!” Ward said.
Although the site is somewhat eerie, the photographer enjoyed getting the chance to get up close and personal with the planes. “I’m not familiar with aeronautical design, so it is interesting for me to see the different levels in the plane and to get a sense of its actual size. It is a truly impressive feat in engineering and physics that allows for such large, heavy objects to be propelled through the sky at high speeds.”