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Delhi-based Bhavye Suneja was captain of ill-fated Indonesian plane

Captain Bhavye Suneja, from Delhi, was the pilot of the Indonesian Lion Air Plane which crashed into the Java Sea on Monday with 189 passengers and crew members on board, reports have said. The flight crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta International Airport. The aircraft was commanded by Captain Bhavye Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew members.

Lion Air, in its statement, said that Suneja had 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours. Suneja was a resident of Mayur Vihar in Delhi and had graduated from the Ahlcon Public School from the same locality in 2005. He has been associated with Indonesia-based Lion Air as a pilot since 2011.

The 31-year-old obtained his pilot license from Bel Air International in 2009. After that, in September 2010 he joined Emirates as a trainee pilot and continued there for four months. He joined Jakarta based low-cost airline Lion Air in March 2011.

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