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Indonesian politician blocks runway in air rage outburst

Published on Dec 23, 2013 8:12 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian district chief got revenge on an airline that refused to let him board a full flight by sending officials to block the runway and stop the plane landing, authorities said on Monday.

Mr Marianus Sae, head of Ngada district in the eastern island of Flores, wanted to get home quickly to Ngada from the city of Kupang on Timor island so that he could attend a meeting.

But state-owned Merpati Nusantara airlines refused to sell him a ticket for a flight to Turelelo Soa airport early on Saturday because it was full.

"It is outrageous," Mr Sae was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

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