Citilink flight forced to make emergency landing after pilot gets sick

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Citilink aircraft. (Source: Suara)

Coordinator of the Surabaya Cross-Regional Health office, Acub Zainal, said Boy Awalia was already in a critical condition when he was evacuated. After learning about the condition, the Citilink pilot was immediately rushed to the Mitra Keluarga Hospital, Waru, Sidoarjo. However, shortly after Citilink announced that the pilot had died.

“After being evacuated to the hospital and based on the results of a doctor’s examination, our pilot was pronounced dead,” said PT Citilink Indonesia president director Dewa Kadek Rai, in an official statement.

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Boy Awalia was buried that same night at Pondok Kelapa TPU, Duren Sawit, East Jakarta. A few hours after the emergency, Citilink flew the 171 passengers using a different plane. (un)