Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bhavye Suneja was in talks for a job with airline in India

New Delhi: An Indonesian Lion Air aircraft with 189 people on board, flown by an Indian captain, Bhavye Suneja, crashed into the Java Sea on Monday soon after taking off from Jakarta at 6.20am local time (4.50am IST), killing everyone on board.

Things went horribly wrong as soon the Boeing 737 Max got airborne for its destination, Pangkal Pinang. The pilot made a request to return to the airport two to three minutes after take-off and the air traffic controller cleared it. But the plane plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later.

The vice-president of a leading airline in India that operates the Boeing 737 said Suneja was considering returning to India. “We spoke this July. He was a very sweet person. Being an experienced pilot of the B737 with an incident-free record, we were keen to have him with us because of his impeccable credentials. His only request was that he be given a Delhi posting as he was from the city. I told him that once he flies with us for a year we will consider his posting in Delhi,” said the senior official. Captain Suneja had over 6,000 flight hours of experience.
30/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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