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Forget lost luggage, entire airliner abandoned

We know aviation fuel costs are sky high, but this is a bit extreme: A Cambodian jet has been sitting abandoned for more than a year after being grounded for a technical problem.

We know aviation fuel costs are sky high, but this solution is a bit extreme: A Cambodian commercial jet has been sitting abandoned at a Vietnamese airport for more than a year after being grounded for a technical problem.

The Royal Khmer Airlines plane has been parked on the tarmac at Hanoi's international airport since early May 2007, said Vo Huy Cuong, head of the Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration's Air Transportation Department.

The plane was abandoned only a month after Royal Khmer Airlines received its license to operate flights between the Cambodian city of Siem Riep, home to the world famous Angkor Wat temples, and Hanoi.

The Boeing 727 had operated only a few flights when it was grounded, Cuong said.

Cambodian aviation authorities removed the 30-year-old plane from its registration in August, he said.

Airline officials have promised Vietnamese authorities they will fix the problem and pay the parking fees, Cuong said.

This has to be the world record for the longest flight delay ever.

Radioactive restaurant scheme scuttled
A plan to smuggle a highly radioactive helicopter from the site of the world's worst nuclear accident and turn it into a novelty restaurant has been foiled in Ukraine, police said recently.

According to Britain's Telegraph newspaper, suspects were detained carrying scrap 20-30 times the legal radiation level from the 18-mile exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which suffered a disastrous meltdown in 1986, police said in a statement.

The criminals "tried to take an Mi-8 helicopter out of exclusion zone to use it as an original coffee shop in one of Ukraine's cities," the elite SBU special police services said.

A workhorse of the Soviet armed forces, the Mi-8 helicopter is capable of carrying up to 28 people in its normal configuration, although it's not clear how many customers the gang had been hoping to seat.

They have would not have had to devote much space for the kitchen, as the food would probably cook without the need for a stove.

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The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.