Nakuru family mourns mother, 3 children, grandma killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash


Nakuru family mourns mother, 3 children, grandma killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash
Ethiopian Federal policemen stand near engine parts at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

A family in Nakuru County is mourning the death of five members who were on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday, March 10, killing all 157 people on the flight.

The five; a mother, her three children and their grandmother, were residents of Kwa Amos Village in Bahati Sub County.

They were returning home from a trip to Canada when tragedy struck just a few minutes after departing Ethiopia.

Also on the ill-fated plane was a woman from Nakuru County identified as Sister Florence Yongi — a nun who had been serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Speaking to Citizen Digital on Monday, her sister, Mary Yongi, sorrowfully recounted her last communication with Florence.

“She sent me a text message after leaving Congo and after landing in Ethiopia. Then after that she told me she has left Ethiopia and we agreed to meet at the airport in Nairobi. Then after that, the news (on the plane crash) broke…,” an emotionally-stricken Mary recounted.

Francis Yongi, the father of the deceased, said they were at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), waiting to receive his daughter, when the news that a plane en-route to JKIA from Ethiopia had crashed.

Their worst fears — that their daughter had perished in the plane crash — were confirmed at the emergency centre set up at the JKIA to facilitate communication with relatives of the passengers.

Thirty-two Kenyans were among the 157 people on board the  Boeing 737-800 MAX plane that crashed at Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) area, south of Ethiopia’s Capital, Addis Ababa.

 

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