Killed Indonesian air traffic controller as a hero honored

In Indonesia, a young air traffic controller honored as a hero after that caused a departing passenger plane during the earthquake, yet could just take off. The young man cheated the heroic deed with his life.

Anthonius Gunawan Agung (21) was at work in the control tower of the airport in the city of Palu, then on Friday was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5.

According to colleagues, he gave the pilot permission to take off just at the moment that the ground began to tremble. He fled his workplace, however, only after the Boeing 737 successfully was able to take off.

The earthquake collapsed the terminal part. Agung jumped from the tower down, and broke both legs. He died from internal bleeding, before he go to the hospital could be brought.


‘Agung was until the very last moment of his life dedicated to his job, ” says an employee of Air Navigation Indonesia to The Jakarta Post. The Indonesian aviation authorities have the young man, a posthumous promotion is given.

There is concern that in the disaster more than a thousand victims fell.

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