Indonesian Citilink Airbus A320 Returns To Surabaya As Captain Incapacitated
An Airbus A320, operated by Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink, returned yesterday to Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport shortly after take-off as the captain was incapacitated.
A spokesperson for government-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I, operator of Juanda International Airport, tells local radio station Suara Surabaya the aircraft, local registration PK-GLW, departed Surabaya for Makassar at 06:10hr local time yesterday.
At 06:22hr, the pilot requested an emergency landing because the captain was incapacitated, says the spokesman, adding that it landed at 06:56hr.
Flight route of QG307, which includes a go around on the first approach made to Juanda International Airport (Source: Flightradar24)
Citilink president director, Dewa Kadek Rai, says in a statement the pilot was later declared dead based on a doctor’s examination at a local hospital.
The passengers were later transferred to another flight that departed Surabaya at 10:46hr for Makassar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, he says.
Featured picture depicts incident aircraft PK-GLW (Source: Hagi Hidayah)
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