The Ethiopian Airline flight crashed on March 10th with victims from various countries on board from Addis Abba. 157 people were killed in this crash. Among the victims were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, and eight Americans. The crashed Ethiopian Airlines was piloted by Senior Capt. Yared Mulugeta Getachew, of Kenyan and Ethiopian heritage. He had been working for Ethiopian Airlines since November 2007 with the company saying he had a “commendable performance” with more than 8,000 hours in the air.
Ethiopian Airline was founded on December 21st, 1945 and commences operation on April 8th, 1946. It is the countries flag carrier and its wholly owned by the Ethiopian government. It is the first airline in Africa to operate a total of 100 airplanes as a part of its fleet expansion. Its expansion earns it the position of being the largest, and fastest-growing airline in Africa. The airline offers daily flights throughout the Africa continent and around the world.
According to the accident report, 175 passengers were on board and 125 lost their lives including the three hijackers. Six surviving crew members and 38 passengers sustained serious injuries, two passengers received minor injuries and four passengers had no injuries. Kenya has a country suffered the heaviest losses and the remains of those involved in the Ethiopian Airline crash on March 10, were brought to Kenya their home of heritage. Out of the 32 Kenyan passengers who were killed 28 remains were brought home on October 14.
Sober mood engulfed the airport as the victim’s families waited to receive their loved ones. Hearses lined up at the VIP section of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The remains were handed over to their families in order to put an end to seven months of grieving and sorrow. It is an age-long tradition in Africa for members of a family to be buried in their home town. Amidst the sobber mood, the victim’s families, were grateful that the remains of their loved ones were returned to them for a proper funeral. It is an age-long tradition in Africa for members of a family to be buried in their home town.
Possible cause of the crash
So many questions have filled the air as to what could have caused the crash since the pilot has a commendable experience. Data from a doomed Ethiopian airline fight suggest that the crash was caused by a faulty sensor. This censor may have been erroneously activated by an automated system on the Boeing 737 Max. A series of events suspected in an Indonesian disaster involving the same jet last year, as reported by the New York Times.
Some steps have been taken to console the victim’s families;
Although not every family would want external interference in their family affairs. Some will accept consolation and others may not accept any form of consolation. However, some Kenyan families have been enjoined is a Sh100 billion compensation suit in US federal court by top US law firms. Boeing is the respondent in the case.
The Africa continent mourns with the families of the deceased and prays that they are consoled and encouraged as they put their loved ones to rest. And that they feel encouraged to move on, we also pray that they are strengthened every day until they are able to fully recover from their loss.