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Jakarta Post

Russian water-bombing helicopter crew member found dead in Palembang hotel room

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 25, 2020   /   12:24 pm
Russian water-bombing helicopter crew member found dead in Palembang hotel room All ready: A helicopter prepared by the West Kalimantan administration is ready to carry out water bombing to anticipate a haze disaster from land and forest fires in the upcoming dry season. (Courtesy of the West Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency/File)

A Russian national who had been hired as a water-bombing helicopter technician was found dead inside his hotel room in Bukit Kecil district, Palembang, South Sumatra, on Saturday, police have confirmed.

The Ilir Barat I Palembang Police have identified the man as Aleksi Kuzin, 55. 

“[Kuzin] had been staying at the hotel since June 14 and was working as a crew member for one of the water-bombing helicopters used to put out forest fires in South Sumatra,” Ilir Barat I Palembang Police chief Comr. Yenni Diarty said on Monday as quoted by

According to Yenni, Kuzin was found lying unconscious on the floor with various medicines found next to his body at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday.

The police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

South Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency disaster countermeasure head Ansori said Kuzin was suspected to have died from heart problems.

“We already asked the doctors to reconfirm that his death was not caused by COVID-19,” Ansori said on Monday. (dpk)