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LOST AND FOUND

Do you know these planes? Kuala Lumpur has three orphaned 747s that nobody will claim

By Frida Garza
Malaysia Airports

Three 747-200F airplanes have been abandoned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. In an attempt to locate the owner of the planes, airport officials placed an ad in Malaysian newspaper The Star today (Dec. 7), asking the owner to please retrieve the jets from the country’s largest airport.

“If you fail to collect the aircraft within 14 days of this notice, we reserve the right to sell or otherwise dispose of the aircraft,” the ad says. The ad features photos of the abandoned jets—as if perhaps that would jog the forgetful owner’s memory—and states that funds will be raised by selling the planes to cover the existing tab, in the event the owner doesn’t turn up.

In a statement, Malaysia Airports called their newspaper notice a “common and reasonable step“ in debt recovery.

Airport officials have been unable to track down the owner of the planes (registration numbers TF-ARN, TF-ARH, and TF-ARM). CNN reports the Boeings are listed in several aviation databases as belonging to Air Atlanta Icelandic, but the company said it sold those planes in 2008. The planes have been at the Kuala Lumpur airport—the same airport where Malaysia Airlines MH370 departed from before disappearing on its way to Beijing in 2014—for more than a year.