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Aviator Karanvir Chauhan Recalls Bhavye Suneja As ‘Great Pilot’

Date :   October 31, 2018 12:15 IST

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.

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.

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

Suneja, a resident of Delhi, had completed his studies at the Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar and then received his flying license in 2009. His father Gulshan Suneja is a chartered accountant and his mother, Sangeeta, works with the Air India.

He got married in 2016 and was based in Jakarta with his wife Garima Sethi, a former manager at the Indian Express. Bhavye’s younger sister, Ruhaani, aspired to become a pilot, just like her brother, according to his neighbours. 

Meanwhile, the Lion Air said in a statement that the evacuation of all passengers, crew and flight JT610 that was crashed on Monday in the sea of Karawang, West Jawa was ongoing.

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