An American pilot passed away when her plane crashed while she was on her way of delivering COVID-19 rapid test kits to a remote village in Indonesia, authorities said. Joyce Lin, 40, had just taken off from a Kodiak plane on Tuesday morning, leaving the airport in Sentani, Papua province. She was a missionary with the Mission Aviation Fellowship working as a pilot and a specialist in information technology. According to the organisation, she ‘d been with the MAF for about three years.
On Tuesday, in an attempt to take test kits to the local clinic, Lin was trying to fly to Mamit, in the Papua highlands. She announced an emergency within minutes of the takeoff. According to the MAF, the aircraft dropped into Lake Sentani, and divers reported that she did not survive. She had been the only one onboard the ship. The MAF said that it is working to investigate the incident with local authorities.
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Lin had been in Indonesia for two years and entered the MAF as a computer specialist after more than a decade of service. She was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, until enrolling and graduating in 2017 at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Lin discovered mission aviation at the seminary and she never looked back.
Lin lives with her parents and two sisters who are not available to comment as they asked for privacy. According to estimates from Johns Hopkins University. Indonesia has seen over 15,000 outbreaks of the virus, and more than 1,000 deaths. For any East Asian country other than China, this is the highest death toll. Only Singapore and China have had more cases. Despite not registering any Covid-19 cases since March, the country has seen its coronavirus numbers quickly multiply. President Joko Widodo did not declare a national public health emergency until 31 March. On the same day, most international visitors forbid to enter or pass through the country.