Plane originated from SL seized in Indonesia

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A retired Swiss airline pilot flying around the world for the last two years in a plane he built himself has been arrested after straying into Indonesian airspace. According to an Indonesian Air Force official he was on a ferry flight from Colombo to Singapore.

Heinz Peier, 65, was forced to land by Indonesian fighter jets yesterday before being surrounded by armed soldiers at Soewondo Air Base where he was arrested.

According to his blog, Peier was due to travel from Sri Lanka to the Philippines when the arrest happened, and was not planning to stop in Indonesia.

However, according to an Indonesian Air Force official, Peier was on a ferry flight from Colombo to Singapore when he entered their airspace illegally, suggesting that he may have changed his route.

In the pictures he is surrounded by soldiers who point their guns at him while he climbs out of his aircraft before being taken away.

Peier began his travels in February 2012 when he flew to Belize, South America, using a red Swearingen SX300 aircraft he constructed himself.

Since then he has travelled almost non-stop for two years, taking in six continents - including Antarctica - visiting around 30 countries, and stopping in more than 100 cities.

On his travels he has toured safari parks, ridden on elephants, sailed around glaciers and even took part in a cycle race in his native Switzerland.

He flies solo, stopping only to refuel and take in some sights before jetting off again. He is sometimes joined by his two grown-up daughters, Celcilia and Bianca.

In his last post, dated two days ago in Sri Lanka, Peier says he is due to visit the temple of Kanda after staying the night in the Sri Lankan mountains.

He also discussed refueling his plane beforehand in case he needs to depart 'on a moment's notice.'

It is not clear if Peier is being held by the Indonesian authorities or if he is has been released.(Daily Mail)
A Swiss pensioner flying around the world in an aircraft he built himself has been arrested in Indonesia after flying into the country's airspace illegally, according to an Air Force spokesman
Former Swiss airline pilot Heinz Peier, 65, has been flying around the world almost non-stop since February 2012. According to his blog, he was planning to fly between Sri Lanka and the Philippines when the arrest happened
Peier flies on his own, but is occasionally joined by his two daughters Cecilia and Bianca
It is not clear whether Peier is being held by the Indonesian authorities, or whether he has been released
 
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  • Tony Montana Friday, 11 April 2014 08:50 AM

    Great man .

    RD Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:15 AM

    hahahaha... wonder what they were doing on night of March 08th when MH370 flew over their airspace ??

    It looks utter stupidity to see soo many soldiers pointing their weapons at this tiny aircraft...

    Good job !!

    joe Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:48 AM

    Noah Don you dumb. Why do you say that SL is not a safe country? You must be a Tamil for sure. Yeah in that case it isn't safe for you.

    Campos Friday, 11 April 2014 02:38 PM

    What is wrong with your thumbs?

    Dee Friday, 11 April 2014 09:49 AM

    [quote name="Noah Don"]SL is not a safe country, why would he stay here.[/quote]
    Yeah right, so indonesia is?, and to see all those jokers pointing guns at a tiny aircraft. guys who cant properly detect a massive jetliner.

    Hapuarachchi Friday, 11 April 2014 06:16 AM

    International Conspiracy??

    matchan Friday, 11 April 2014 12:11 PM

    shud extract more information of his stay in Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    vishwa Saturday, 12 April 2014 11:49 AM

    a super hero and a mastermind via DM Android App

    max Saturday, 12 April 2014 07:10 AM

    it is a small jet can carry few passengers,it is a air plane car.pilot mis along and no arms.age is grand father who is has few years to live.the indonesian military acted is just like a foreign enemy military plane came to destroy jakarta city in minutes.commandos with heavy weapons and targeting the helpless old man with modern machin guns,sorrounded the his little plane.what a laugh.is this the way indonesia behave and how inteligent people are working for the government there.no surprise why indonesioa is a poor country while having rich resourcess and educated society.

    Noah Don Friday, 11 April 2014 07:46 AM

    SL is not a safe country, why would he stay here.

    Prestyne Beauty Friday, 11 April 2014 04:53 AM

    Wonder how he manage to stay the night in the Sri Lankan mountains??.


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