All 188 people on board Lion Air flight of Indonesia feared dead in a crash including Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja

The Lion Air flight, carrying at least 188 people on board crashed into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java today. All of them including the Indian pilot, Bhavye Suneja, the captain of the ill-fated plane are feared to have dead.

The Delhi-based Suneja joined Lion Air in March 2011 and his last voyage was in a Boeing 737 Max that plunged into the sea. The Lion Air flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital city of Jakarta on its way to tin-mining hub, quoting officials, a Reuters report said.

Meanwhile, the Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported that the pilot, a resident of Mayur Vihar, Delhi studied at the Ahlcon Public School. Quoting the Times of India, the KT report said, “We spoke this July. He is a very sweet-sounding person. Being an experienced pilot of the B737 with an incident, accident-free record, we are keen to have him with us because of his good credentials. His only request was that he wanted a Delhi posting as he is from the city,” a senior official was quoted as saying.