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Pangkalan Bun

Nature & Wildlife Tours · Bodies of Water · Parks
Pangkalan Bun or Pangkalanbuun, is a city in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo in Indonesia. It is the administrative headquarters of South Arut district and also the capital of West Kotawaringin Regency in the south-west part of central Kalimantan.Pangkalan Bun is served by Iskandar Airport. Several airlines fly to this airport. Shipping services provide connections to Jakarta, Surabaya, and Semarang.Birutė Galdikas established her base, Camp Leakey, for the study and conservation of orangutans about 30mi from Pangkalan Bun up the Sekonyer River. The site has expanded from the original hut in 1971. Its facilities, supported by the Orangutan Foundation International, are a part of the Tanjung Puting National Park.Crash of AirAsia QZ 8501Iskandar Airport is one of the operation centres being used to support search operations following the crash of AirAsia QZ 8501 on 28 December 2014 in nearby Karimata Strait. Shortly after the crash, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS, or Badan SAR Nasional) established a post in Iskandar airport to coordinate the search. The head of the agency, Air Marshal Bambang Sulistyo, took close personal command of operations.
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