Air New Zealand engineer killed in Christchurch shootings

Auckland - On March 18, Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon confirmed that one of the Air New Zealand engineers was killed in the Christchurch shootings last Friday.

The airline said in a statement that the aircraft maintenance engineer Lilik Abdul Hamid was among the 50 dead after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Hamid had been working for the airline’s engineering team for the past 16 years.

“Lilik, his wife Nina and their children Zhania and Gerin are well known and loved by our close-knit team of engineers and their families, who are now doing all they can to support the family alongside our leadership team and the airline’s special assistance team. His loss will be deeply felt,” Luxon said in a statement on Sunday.

Air New Zealand resumed regional turboprop flights from and to Christchurch on March 16, which were suspended after Christchurch attacks.