Posted December 09, 2015 12:34:48

Mystery planes on the tarmac in Malaysia Photo: Planes with the registration numbers TF-ARM (L) and TF-ARN (R) parked on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (AFP: Mohd Rasfan)
Map: Malaysia

Malaysian authorities are searching for the owners of three planes that have been abandoned on the tarmac of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Officials have placed an ad in a national newspaper asking the owners of the Boeing 747 jets — that have been sitting idle for more than a year — to get in touch.

Airport authorities say there has been no response to efforts created to trace the owners of the planes, which have racked up fees for landing and parking.

“I never know why they are not responding. There could be several motives. Sometimes it could be simply because they have no funds to continue operations,” Zainol Mohd Isa, basic manager of Malaysia Airports, told Totally free Malaysia Today.

If no payment is received by December 21, the aircraft will be auctioned off or sold for scrap to recoup the outstanding charges.

The planes once belonged to Air Atlanta Iclandic, but it says it sold the jets in 2008 and it seems they have changed hands many occasions because then.

Mr Isa mentioned the final recognized owners had been “international” and not Malaysian.

The planes’ registration numbers are TF-ARM, TF-ARN, and TF-ARH.

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