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Asian-American pilot dies in plane crash trying to deliver COVID-19 tests

Sad news as an Asian-American pilot died while trying to deliver COVID-19 test kits to a remote Indonesian village. Joyce Lin, 40 was on her way to Mamit, in the Papua highlands when her plane went down, reports CNN. She had been in the air for only a few minutes after taking off from an airport in Sentani when she reported trouble. The plane crashed into Lake Sentani. Two hours later, divers retrieved her body.

Lin joined the Mission Aviation Fellowship(MAF) after working as a computer specialist for ten years. She had been working in Indonesia for the last two years.

Lin graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with two engineering degrees. After, she went to work as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling in Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. During her time at the seminary, she discovered missionary aviation and never looked back. However, due to back pains, she didn’t know if she would become a pilot initially but she persevered and made her dreams come true.

joyce lin with indonesian villagers

“I am thankful to every flight instructor, every friend, and every medical person who contributed in a myriad of ways to help me over those hurdles,” Joyce said. “I am thankful to God, who gave me a vision of what my future would look like and who was steadfastly faithful to keep me on the path that led me [to Papua].”

Joyce Lin is survivied by her parents and two sisters.

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