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32 Kenyans dead in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

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An Ethiopian Airlines plane at the JKIA in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • The plane arrived four months ago from Boeing and all the maintenance checks had been done properly.
  • Both the captain and the first officers were experienced pilots.

Thirty two Kenyans are among 157 passengers and crew members who perished on Sunday morning following the crash of a Kenya-bound Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane. Ethiopian Airlines said the plane was flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.

The airlines Group CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebre-Mariam, said Captain Yared Mulugeta, an Ethiopian-born Kenyan national, was a senior pilot, who had been flying the same plane since November 2007.

His first officer, Mr Ahmednur Mohamednur, had several flight hours under his belt, Mr Tewolde disclosed in his briefing to the press in Addis Ababa after visiting the crash site.

The Group CEO further disclosed that Boeing 737 Max-8 plane underwent a routine maintenance on February 4, 2019.

The aircraft was flying from Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Eighteen Canadians were killed in the accident, while nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, and eight Italians also perished. France and UK had seven nationals aboard the crashed plane.

The remaining passengers aboard the plane included, 6 Egyptians, 5 Germans, 4 Indians, 4 Slovaks, with Australia, Russia and Sweden having three passengers each.

"The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning," tweeted the Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia.