Condition of Loli Saluran village, Donggala, Central Sulawesi Province, Jumat, 05 Oktober 2018. (Photo: Antara/Muhammad Adimaja/kye)
Condition of Loli Saluran village, Donggala, Central Sulawesi Province, Jumat, 05 Oktober 2018. (Photo: Antara/Muhammad Adimaja/kye)

Unsung heroes in Central Sulawesi catastrophe

ENGLISH CORNER

BOGOR, publikreport.com – Nine days after the 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck the Central Sulawesi city of Palu and districts of Donggala and Sigi, Anthonius Gunawan Agung remains remembered.

It is State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno who has brought memories of this Palu-based AirNav Indonesia`s air traffic controller back to the minds of so many Indonesians attending the closing ceremony of the 2018 IBD Expo in Surabaya on Saturday.

Rini is right to bring the memories of Agung back to the hearts and minds of the people because what Agung has done is indeed a heroic story that can be told from generation to generation.

The story of the brave-heart of Anthonius Gunawan Agung will remain in the hearts and minds of the 155 people on board the Batik Air plane bound for Hasanuddin International Airport in South Sulawesi Province that could be airborne safely.

Agung will also remain in the minds and hearts of his colleagues and the people at large due to his dedication, professionalism, and brave heart that saved the lives of those in the commercial aircraft by risking his own life.

On the day the catastrophe occurred, as revealed in local media reports, Agung kept managing the last take-off though his colleagues hurriedly left the Mutiara Sis Al-jufri Airport`s Air Traffic Control tower after the strong tremors began shaking the building.

Instead of following his colleagues, he ensured that the Batik Air with flight number ID-6231 was airborne safely. “Safe flight Batik Air. Take care!” were recorded as the last words that Agung uttered to the pilot during their conversation.

Shortly after that, he attempted to escape the ATC tower that began shaking and collapsing but God had decided his destiny. His death saddened so many people who love him.

Thus considering the good deeds and professionalism of this AirNav Indonesia`s air traffic controller, SOEs Minister Rini Soemarno called him a hero.

“Agung is a hero for us all. He sincerely sacrificed his life for saving the lives of those on board a commercial aircraft, which was ready for getting airborne.”

The efforts made by this AirNav Indonesia`s air traffic controller for ensuring the safety of other people at a critical moment set a fine example for the entire nation, including the employees of state-owned enterprises.

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