Indonesian authorities have identified the body of Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja who captained the ill-fated Lion Air Passenger flight that crashed into sea on October 29.
Making an announcement, regarding the identification of Suneja's body, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter: "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".
Lion Air jet crash: India's Bhavye Suneja, pilot of ill-fated Indonesian flight clocked over 6,000 flight hours
The Lion Air flight, with 188 passengers and crew on board, crashed into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java, minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport.
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.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 24, 2018
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According to Suneja’s LinkedIn profile, he belongs to New Delhi and is associated with the airline since March 2011. Captain Suneja was a resident of Jakarta originally from New Delhi. He attended Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar.
Earlier, he was a trainee pilot with Emirates for three months. He had received his pilot licence from Bel Air International in 2009. LionAir in a statement said Suneja had more than 6,000 flying hours, while the co-pilot Harvino, an Indonesian, had amassed more than 5,000 hours of flying time.
The Lion Air crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board.