Indonesia plane crash: Body of Indian pilot identified

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 25, 2018 11:13 hrs
Bhavye Suneja, the pilot of the Indonesian Lion Air Boeing passenger plane which crashed on Monday with 189 people aboard, was a student of Ahlcon Public School in Delhi till 2005

New Delhi: The Indonesian authorities on Saturday identified the body of Indian pilot, Captain Bhavya Suneja, who captained the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT610 which crashed into the Java sea on October 29.

Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to confirm the news and said, "Indonesian authorities have confirmed identification of the body of Capt.Bhavya Suneja. The remains will be handed over to the family in the presence of @IndianEmbJkt today. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."

Captain Suneja was a resident of Mayur Vihar, Delhi, who did his schooling from Ahlcon Public School in 2005. He was a trainee pilot for the Boeing 737NG and later went onto join as an airline pilot for the PT Lion Air from March 2011.

The Lion Air flight that was scheduled from Jakarta to Sumatra on October 29, plunged into the Java sea coast just a few minutes after the take-off with 189 people on board.

Earlier in November, the investigators of Lion Air flight confirmed that the airspeed indicator had malfunctioned during its last four flights.

Local media in Indonesia also reported that the plane had faced technical problems during its previous flight from Denpasar to Jakarta which was resolved before its take off.