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Dense haze disrupts flights at Padangpariaman airport

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27, 2014   /  08:32 pm

Haze blanketing West Sumatra due to forest fires in Riau and other provinces disrupted flights at Minangkabau International Airport in Padangpariaman on Thursday. 

Two incoming airplanes had to return to their points of departure as visibility reached only 700 meters at the airport, Joko Sudarmanto, head of the airport's operations division, said as reported by Antara news agency.

Joko explained that an AirAsia plane was forced to return to Kuala Lumpur and a Citilink plane to Batam.

"There was no rain around the hotspots, thereby causing dense haze, especially in the morning," said Padangpariaman Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) analyst Yuni Fitria,

"However, the haze could immediately disperse if rainfall doused the hotspots," she said.

She also urged motorists to be extra careful when driving and to drive with the headlights on when there was limited visibility.

Separately, a Padang resident, Rudik, said, "I had to turn on my motorcycle headlights because the haze was denser than usual." (yln)

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