Touchdown Zone: Langda

Region: Indonesia

Surface: Hard soil and rock

Elevation: 6,100 feet

Length: 445 meters/1,460 feet

Width: 24 meters/79 feet

Slope: 3% overall

People Group Served: Una

The Una New Testament was dedicated in 2007. Four local Langda translators and two consultants are currently working hard to finish the drafting and consultant checking of the Una Old Testament by June of this year!

Time Saved: Over two weeks. Travel from Langda to Wamena (where Una young people attend high school) requires at least a 17-day walk compared with a 45-minute flight. The trip to Bomela—the nearest village with an airstrip, just four miles from Langda—is an eight-hour hike over a 9,000-foot mountain or a five-minute flight. Travel to Langda from the YAJASI base in Sentani is a one hour and ten minute flight or several months of walking.

Interesting Facts: Langda is surrounded by 15,000-foot peaks, where an occasional early morning dusting of snow appears. One of YAJASI’s newer pilots, who grew up in Langda, recalls that typically about noon, clouds rolled right into his living room through open windows. Due to such weather challenges, a successful landing at Langda often requires multiple attempts.

Recently YAJASI pilot Tim Ruth flew two tourists into Langda. They planned to hike out of Langda to the lowlands (a distance of 12 nautical miles). They hiked as far as the river at the bottom of the gorge, only to realize they had to hike up the other side … and then do it about three more times. Plus they remembered warnings that the last part of the hike down into the lowlands was the most dangerous part. They were so scared after the first descent they opted to just hike back up to Langda and call Tim for a pickup. On the way back up, a sudden rainstorm turned the trail into an almost vertical stream. By the time they got back to the runway, their hike down to the river and back up to the runway had taken them all day. Tim says, “To be fair, I did try to warn them! Sometimes you just have to experience it yourself.”

Approaching Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Overhead shot of Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Aerial shot of Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Langda runway and village. Photo credit: Brad McFarlane
Short final Langda. Photo credit: Brad McFarlane
Landing Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Landing Langda. Photo credit: Brad McFarlane
Shrouded in fog at Langda. Photo credit: Brad McFarlane
PC-6 at Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
PC-6 parked at Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
The beauty of Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Welcoming visitors to Langda for the New Testament dedication celebration in 2007. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Two PC-6s parked at Langda for the celebration. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
One of the children in Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Preparing a feast for the New Testament dedication in Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Moving hot rocks used for cooking the celebration feast. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Fog in the valley. Photo credit: Tim Ruth
Departing Langda. Photo credit: Tim Ruth