Captain Charles Massa passes away – Air Malta’s first Maltese flight pilot captain
The passing away of Captain Charles Massa at the age of 66 has been announced.
In a statement, the national airline Air Malta expressed deep regret at the death of the first Maltese airline captain of an Air Malta aircraft. It was on 8th October in 1985 when the Air Malta aircraft took off for its flight to London Gatwick. At that time Captain Massa was just 31 years old.
When Air Malta was first established during the 1970s the first captains were all foreign while the training of Maltese pilots and captains was underway and Massa was one of the recruits.
He spent 41 years working with Air Malta, 31 years as a Captain. In all he spent 25,000 hours on flights and took off and landed Air Malta airlines 8,000 times.
Massa was also a pioneer in the establishment of the airline’s Training Department to train Maltese pilots and crews.
His last flying duty was a flight to Rome and back on KM 612 on 5th May, 2016.