Indonesia-based Singaporean flight instructor missing for six days

A Singaporean flight instructor who is based in an Indonesian flight training academy has been missing for six days after leaving on a flight on Oct 30.

Mr Lua Boon Huan, 30, was flying from the island of Lombok near Bali, to Moyo Island via Sumbawa island.

Mr Lua was with 26-year-old Indonesian trainee pilot Jati Wikanto. Both men were on a plane owned by flight school Lombok Institute of Flight Techonology, The Jakarta Globe reported. The plane reportedly lost contact at 10.30am on Oct 30.

A search and rescue operation was launched after the airplane was reported missing in Sumbawa at about 2pm on the same day.

A spokesman for Barnas, Indonesia's national search and rescue agency, was quoted in The New Paper as saying that parts of the airplane's glass window, and a fire extinguisher with a bag, a sunglasses case and wallet had been found. The wallet belonged to the Indonesian trainee.

But the men have yet to be found after six days into the search operation.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg