Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Aviator Karanvir Chauhan Recalls Bhavye Suneja As 'Great Pilot'

Still trying to gather his bearings from the shock, a friend and former colleague of Bhavye Suneja, who died in the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia, on Tuesday, October 30 described him as a great pilot.

Captain Karanvir Chauhan, who worked with Suneja from 2011 to 2016 in Indonesia, said the 31-year-old had sound knowledge and understanding of the machine and aircraft.
"He was a jolly person, someone who always tried to make the situation happy. In short, a happy go, lucky man... He knew his books and there were times when we would consult him if faced with doubts," Chauhan told PTI over the phone from Dubai.
Suneja had over 6,000 hours of flying experience by now, he said, recalling the times they spent together on the Boeing 737. Chauhan, 30, who left Jakarta two years ago for Dubai, said the two had a great bonding which continued even after their marriages.
Suneja was flying the Lion Air flight JT610 which lost contact with ground officials, 13 minutes after taking off from an airport in Indonesia, and crashed into the Java Sea on Monday, October 29. The plane had 189 passengers and crew aboard and no survivors were expected.

"We were shocked and could not believe my eyes when I saw the news. I got several calls and messages...I got worried and re-checked the news and could not believe (it)," Chauhan said.

He recalled how Suneja loved food and would not hold back even to cook for others.

"He was good with food. I even spent my last evening in Indonesia with him when he opened a champagne especially for me," the pilot said.
31/10/18 PTI/Republic World
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