Passengers walk out of a Wings Air plane at Wamena Airport in Papua on Oct. 8. (Antara Photo/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Wings Air Pilot Dies by Suicide: Police


NOVEMBER 21, 2019

Jakarta. The Jakarta Police say they believe that a Wings Air pilot who was found dead at his boarding house on Monday night had killed himself by hanging. 

The body of Nicolaus Anjar Aji Surya, 27, was found in his room in a boarding house on Jalan Rawa Lele in Kalideres, West Jakarta.

The police said the pilot had recently been fired by Wings Air, but that the reason for his suicide was unknown.

"We haven't been able to determine [the reason] since our investigation is still ongoing," Police Chief Inspector Indra Maulana, the head of the Kalideres subdistrict police, said on Wednesday.

Indra said the police had not been able to speak to Nicolaus' family, who were still overcome with grief and busy arranging his funeral in Solo, Central Java.

"We have collected the victim's clothes and a rope. We have also questioned witnesses, including the landlord, the housekeepers, his younger brother, who lives in the same boarding house, and a fellow boarder," Indra said.

Indra confirmed media reports that Nicolaus had recently been fired by Wings Air. 

"The termination letter was sent to his parents' home in Solo, we didn't find it at the scene," he said.

Indra said Nicolaus died by hanging himself on the door frame.

"We assumed this was what happened since we didn't find any wound or trauma caused by extrinsic objects on his body. The autopsy indicated the cause of death was strangulation," Indra said.

Nicolaus' body was taken to the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, soon after it was found on Monday night by his brother, Ciprianus alias Angga, who came to the room after his phone calls had gone unanswered. 

Doctors estimated the time of death was around ten hours earlier.

On Tuesday, the family picked up Nicolaus' body for his funeral in Solo.

It is not known why Nicolaus was dismissed by Wings Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia's biggest low-cost carrier, Lion Air. 

Wings Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro only said in a statement that the company had taken disciplinary measures against the pilot.