Air Traffic Controller Dies Ensuring Flight Gets Off the Ground After Earthquake

An Indonesian air traffic controller sacrificed his life to ensure a plane carrying hundreds of people safely made it off the ground after Friday’s earthquake. Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was the only person left in the control tower at the Air Traffic Tower of Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu when the magnitude-7.5 quake struck the coastal city on Friday.

His colleagues ran out of the tower as it started to sway and walls started to crack, but Agung stayed to make sure Batik Air Flight 6321, which was on the runway at the time, took off safely.

A spokesman for Air Navigation Indonesia said the decision cost him his life but potentially saved hundreds of others.

Source: Palu air traffic controller dies after jumping off collapsing tower during Sulaw… – National – The Jakarta Post

 

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