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A young air traffic controller who remained behind during Indonesia’s devastating 7.5 earthquake and tsunami to guide an aircraft to safety has been hailed a hero.
Anthonius Gunawan Agung was working at Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie Airport on Friday night as devastation struck, but instead of fleeing, he stayed on the job to ensure a plane carrying hundreds of passengers took off safely.
The article goes on to state the following:
The 21-year-old’s selfless actions saved the lives of hundreds of passengers on board Batik Air flight 6321 which was in the process of taking off when the island nation was struck by disaster.
Local reports confirm the tremors had left deep fissures in the runway and under the control tower.
While Agung’s colleagues ran to safety, he remained in the crumbling tower until he safely guided the pilots into the air.
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This is Anthonius Gunawan Agung, an air traffic controller. He had just cleared a flight for takeoff when the #IndonesiaEarthQuake happened. The control tower started collapsing, but he stayed to guide the last flight out.
He didn’t survive, but all the passengers on-board did. pic.twitter.com/VjLXi0jC0y
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) September 30, 2018
2. Antonius Gunawan Agung, an Indonesian heroic young Air Traffic Controller sacrificed his life to make sure a plane take off safely as the earthquake struck Palu, Indonesia. May his soul rest in peace. #PrayForPalu #PrayForDonggala #PrayForSulteng pic.twitter.com/ZKgTmmzcwZ
— Indonesian Embassy – Helsinki (@kbrihelsinki) September 30, 2018
Air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung had just cleared a flight for takeoff moments before the #IndonesiaTsunami struck.
He didn’t survive, but everyone on board that flight did…
— Kristie Lu Stout✌🏽 (@klustout) October 3, 2018
The personal stories from the #IndonesiaEarthQuake are starting to emerge… The Air Traffic Controller, Anthonius Gunawan Agung is being praised for ensuring the last commercial flight from #Palu was safely airborne before he tried to escape… He sadly never survived. pic.twitter.com/vjvaPYj3VB
— Lukwesa Burak (@LukwesaBurak) September 29, 2018
Indonesia posthumously raised the rank of an air traffic controller who died during the 7.5 earthquake. Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, refused to abandon his post so that a last plane could take off. The pilot called him a “guardian angel”. pic.twitter.com/Y6tEWZgNj9
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 2, 2018
ICAO joins Indonesia, and the global aviation community, in honouring Saudara Anthonius Gunawan Agung, the Air Traffic Controller who heroically gave his life during the earthquakes near Palu to guarantee the safe departure of a flight. We deeply regret his passing. https://t.co/7i0Y7fbAAw
— ICAO (@icao) October 1, 2018
An air traffic controller died as a tsunami hit Indonesia this week when he stayed behind to make sure people escaped a city safely on a plane. Anthonius Gunawan Agung was working at Palu airport when disaster hit the island on Friday evening. But instead of fleeing with… pic.twitter.com/1okGZZZ6mD
— NEWS UPDATE (@GetNewsUpdates) September 30, 2018
Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, remained in the control tower, alone, to see the Batik Air flight get off the ground safely as a massive earthquake rocked Palu, Indonesia. @weatherchannel https://t.co/A0fDo5Lrk7
— Ron Brackett (@rontimes) October 1, 2018
An Indonesian air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung has sacrificed his life to ensure a plane carrying hundreds of people safely made it off the ground after Friday’s earthquake, He was the only person left in the control tower #PlanetHaaibo pic.twitter.com/p5BhdaerU6
— Radio 2000 (@Radio2000ZA) October 1, 2018
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