The Hush Post|13:20pm|1-min-read
The Indonesian Lion Air passenger plane that crashed Monday morning killing 189 passengers was being piloted by an Indian captain. Lion Air has released the names of the flight’s captain, co-pilot and full crew.
Bhavye Suneja, a resident of Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, was the captain of the ill-fated plane.
Bhavye Suneja, pilot
Suneja lived in Jakarta with his wife. They got married two years ago. The rest of the family lives in Delhi. He had 6,000 flight hours while the co-pilot Harvino had more than 5,000 flight hours.
Suneja had joined the Lion Air in March 2011. He used to fly Boeing 737. Suneja got his pilot licence from Bel Air International in 2009. According to his Linkedin profile, he was associated with Emirates as a trainee pilot.
The vice-president of a leading airline in India that operates Boeing 737 told the Times of India that Suneja was considering returning to India.
“We were keen to have him with us because of his good credentials. His only request was that he wanted a Delhi posting,” a senior official was quoted by the news report.
Air crash, Lion Air
An Indonesian Lion Air plane was carrying 181 passengers, 6 crew members and 2 pilots. One child and two babies are among those dead. The Indonesian carrier crashed into the sea just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta. The plane, a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 6.21 am local time. It was to land at around 7:30 am in Pangkal Pinan. It is the largest city on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said there were 20 ministry officials on board. They were returning to their posts in Pangkal Pinang after spending the weekend with their families.
The plane’s wreckage has been found . Items such as handphones and life vests were found in waters near the crash site.
Lion Air, a low-cost airline, has earlier also suffered a number of incidents. Last year one of its Boeing jets had collided with an airplane as it landed, although no one was injured.