The soon-to-be renovated Grand Inna Bali Beach was originally called Hotel Bali Beach Inter-Continental and owned by Pan Am, which, as well as giving the Indonesian island its first international hotel, also brought its first and only fatal airline disaster.
Adam Nebbs
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

How three deadly Pan Am plane crashes in nine months changed airline’s safety culture

  • Faulted by the FAA for its substandard airmen and inadequate training after spate of 1970s disasters in Pacific, Pan Am made sweeping changes
  • A reminder of the Bali disaster, a hotel owned at the time by Pan Am, and still the tallest building on the Indonesian island, is soon to be redeveloped

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The soon-to-be renovated Grand Inna Bali Beach was originally called Hotel Bali Beach Inter-Continental and owned by Pan Am, which, as well as giving the Indonesian island its first international hotel, also brought its first and only fatal airline disaster.
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General Tom Thumb, aka Charles Stratton, and Lavinia Warren Stratton with Commodore Nutt and Miss Minnie Warren, in 1864. Photo: Alamy
Adam Nebbs
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

When General Tom Thumb wowed Hong Kong crowds with his little-person performance

  • Plus, HK Express to launch a direct route to Japan’s Miyako Islands in July, and Lonely Planet’s somewhat uninspiring anthology of travel writing

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General Tom Thumb, aka Charles Stratton, and Lavinia Warren Stratton with Commodore Nutt and Miss Minnie Warren, in 1864. Photo: Alamy
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