Kenya Airports Authority loses 2 senior managers in Ethiopian Airlines' plane crash
Jacob Onyango|March. 10, 2019
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is mourning the death of two of its top managers following the Ethiopian Airlines' plane crash on Sunday, March 10, morning.
The deceased KAA staff were identified as Otieno Juliet Murundu who was the Acting General Manager for Human Resource Development and her counterpart in the security department, Kabugi George Gikonyo.
The two managers were reportedly expected to sign sacking letters for the striking Kenya aviation workers who downed their tools on Wednesday, March 6, paralysing operations at the usually busy Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The ill-fated Ethiopian Airline's flight that claimed lives of Juliet and Gikonyo also killed 30 other Kenyans, bring the total number of Kenyan citizens who died in the crash to 32.
According to the flag carrier, the ill-fated aircraft, Boeing 737-800MAX registration number ET-AVJ, took off at 8.38am local time from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, en-route to Nairobi, and lost contact at 8.44am, about six minutes after takeoff.
A total of 157 people, 149 of whom were passengers, were on board the flight and none of them, including eight crew members, survived.
The airline's spokesperson, Asrat Begashaw, confirmed the gory accident killed 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons among other nationalities.
Investigations have since been launched to established the exact cause of the accident.
Ethiopian, which is currently the largest national carrier in Africa, has had at least 60 accidents in its over 74-year existence.
A few instances include in 1988 when more than 30 died after a jet lost power in Bahir Dar and in 1996 when a hijacked airline crashed off a beach on the Comoro Islands, killing 125 people.
Another crash happened in 2010 with 90 people aboard the flight.