After An Emergency Landing, The Pilot Died!

One pilot from Citilink Indonesia died after he made an emergency landing at Juanda International Airport, Surabaya, on July 21.

He was taken to the nearest hospital immediately after the landing, but he was only pronounced dead there.

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“Ground officers along with all stakeholders at Juanda Airport Surabaya have prepared procedures for handling health emergencies well and quickly, and the pilot was treated by doctors at the nearest hospital,” said Citilink Indonesia President Director Dewa Kadek Rai on Thursday, July 21. 2022,” reported.


Flight QG307 was heading to Ujung Pandang and returned to Surabaya 15 minutes after the departure because the pilot experienced a health emergency.

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The flight QG-307 bound to the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar left Juanda at 06:10 a.m. and touched down at the same airport at 06:56 a.m. after making a mayday call, according to a press statement from Citilink.

The pilot is identified as Boy Awalia, 48, but it remains unclear whether it’s him or the co-pilot, or an inflight reserve pilot who landed the plane.

“When our medical staff arrived at the plane, the pilot’s pulse was not palpable,” Dr. Acub Zainal, the head of the Surabaya Port Health Office (KKP), told Antara news agency.

Boy was rushed to the nearest hospital and doctors confirmed he was already dead, he added.

The low-cost carrier said the pilot and all cabin crew members have passed the mandatory pre-flight medical checkup.

“Citilink Indonesia has conducted the medical checkup procedure on all crew members prior to the flight and all of them were declared fit for duty,” Dewa Kadek Rai, the company’s president director, said in a statement.

“The Citilink management offers our deepest condolences for the loss of our pilot, who was known as a very decent and highly-dedicated person during his time with us,” Dewa said.

“All 117 passengers were transferred to another plane and proceeded on their flight to Makassar at 10:46 a.m.,” he said.

Citilink Indonesia is the latest airline that had a pilot experiencing a severe emergency during a flight. These events are very common after the vaccine rollout. But we don’t know for sure if this one was jabbed or not.

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