Seven died and 25 were injured as a plane crashed in flames on a bank during office hours. The MIG-21 fighter of the Indian Air Force caught fire in the air on a training flight above Jalandhar, Punjab, this afternoon. The two pilots catapulted and are in hospital. The craft fell on a bank full of employees and clients. That was a third MIG crash within the last two weeks. The Indian Air Force command ordered training flights indefinitely suspended for the MIGs, of Russian design and manufacture.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.