The Lion Air flight that crashed Monday morning into Indonesian seas was commanded by Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja.
A total of 189 passengers and crew were aboard the plane that took off from Jakarta and went missing minutes later. The rescue operations are still underway and officials have no information on survivors as of now.
According to Suneja’s LinkedIn profile, he belongs to New Delhi and is associated with the airline since March 2011. Earlier, he was a trainee pilot with Emirates for three months. The 31-year-old captain had received his pilot licence from Bel Air International in 2009.
Lion Air 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. Suneja lived in Jakarta with his wife. The rest of the family lives in Delhi and will fly to Jakarta tonight