Air NZ engineer killed in Christchurch terror attack

A long serving Air New Zealand engineer is among those killed in Friday’s terrorist attack.

Wellington Airport

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Lilik Abdul Hamid was an aircraft maintenance engineer in Christchurch, and was in the Deans Avenue Mosque at the time of the attacks.

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the airline was devastated to lose one of its team.

Mr Luxon said Mr Hamid was a valued part of the engineering team in Christchurch for 16 years.

Mr Hamid had worked before that with the company’s aircraft engineers in a previous role overseas.

Mr Luxon said the engineers were doing all they could to support Mr Hamid’s wife Nina, and their children Zhania and Gerin.

He acknowledged the many, many other families, including the families of some Air New Zealand’s team members, who have also lost loved ones in this tragedy, and the wider Muslim and Christchurch communities.