Indonesian plane crash: Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja was to come home for Diwali
Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja died after the Indonesian plane he captained with 188 passengers and crew on board the budget carrier crashed in the Java Sea, Indian Embassy confirmed.
"Our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of lives in the Lion Air Plane crash, off the coast of Jakarta today. Most unfortunate that Indian Pilot Bhavye Suneja who was flying JT610 also lost his life", Indian Embassy in Indonesia said in a tweet.
"The aircraft was commanded by Captain Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew members. Suneja has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours, the airline said in a statement."
Captain Suneja was a resident of Jakarta. He is originally from New Delhi and attended Ahlcon Public School in East Delhi's Mayur Vihar. He was married to a Delhi based girl.
According to his Linkedin profile, he had been working at Lion Air since March 2011 and was also a trainee pilot with Emirates from September and December 2010. Preliminary flight tracking data from the Flightradar website showed the aircraft climbed to around 5,000 feet before losing, and then regaining, height, before finally falling towards the sea.
It was last recorded at 3,650 feet and its speed had increased to 345 knots, the website showed.
(with PTI inputs)