An American pilot was devoted to serving people in remote Indonesian villages. She died trying to bring them covid-19 tests.
Lin, a pilot for Mission Aviation Fellowship, an American-based Christian and humanitarian aid organization, had made the journey many times before. She was to take off at Lake Sentani, fly for dozens of miles over the thick, emerald jungle, climb over a pair of towering limestone mountain ridges and then, finally, descend into the valley, landing on a runway that went up a hill.
But Lin’s flight never arrived as expected. Two minutes after she ascended over Lake Sentani, she sent out an emergency distress call, radioing back to the tower that she was in trouble. The plane went down quickly into the water. Villagers who lived along the coast rushed into the lake in search of her, but it was too late.
Lin died in the crash. She was 40 years old.
Indonesian search and rescue authorities recovered her body and the plane from the water, and the cause of the crash is under investigation by authorities in Jakarta, Brad Hoaglun, a spokesman for MAF, told The Washington Post.
[Source: Washington Post]