Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, who was on duty as an air traffic controller (ATC) at Palu airport in Central Sulawesi, died on Saturday due to injuries he suffered after jumping off an ATC tower when the deadly 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the area. He died in hospital on Saturday morning (Makassar time)
When the plane was about to take off, the tremor hit but Agung remained in the tower. After the plane took off, Agung jumped from the tower because the roof had collapsed.
This story is very sad yet mesmerized me on how important to be an Air Traffic Controller. When other ATCs were evacuating due to the quake, he didn’t. Instead, he spend his last remaining minutes helping other aircrafts to get out of the area as soon as possible even though he had to risk his safety. He left after the last flight (Batik’s ID6321) scheduled to leave the city that evening.
In memory of Anthonius Gunawan Agung and hundreds of Palu and Donggala Earthquake and Tsunami victims :(