Canadian woman visiting Kenya died with 5 family members in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
Jacob Onyango|March. 14, 2019
- Kenyan-born Kosha Vaidya died in the accident together with her two daughters, husband, mother and father
- She was taking the five family members on a special trip to Kenya but they never made it to their destination
- A total of 18 Canadian citizens died in the March 10, 2019, plane crash according to a report by the Ethiopian Airlines
The Sunday, March 10, Ethiopian Airlines' fatal plane crash claimed 157 lives with Kenya being the hardest hit, but one particular family was left with no one following the devastating tragedy.
Kosha Vaidya, a Kenyan-born Canadian citizen who lived in Ontario, Canada, with her family, died in the ghastly Sunday morning crash together with her father, mother, husband and two daughters.
According to CNN, Global News and other international news outlets, the mother of two daughters, Anushka Dixit, 13, and Ashka Dixit, 14, wanted to treat her family to a trip of a lifetime, but that trip was abruptly cut short when Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737-800MAX crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya.
A preliminary report by the Ethiopian flag carrier showed out of the 157 victims of the March 10 tragedy, 18 of them were Canadian citizens.
And out of the 18 Canadians who perished in the accident, six were members of Kosha's family, including Kosha herself, her 73-year-old father Pannagesh Vaidya, mother Hansini Vaidya, 67, husband Prerit Dixit, 45, and two daughters, Anushka and Ashka.
Speaking to various news channels about their huge loss, Kosha's brother, identified as Manant Vaidya, disclosed her sister was taking the family members on a safari to Kenya where she was born.
"They wanted to go and enjoy the animals and so forth. So with the March break this was a perfect opportunity to show them," the grief-stricken man told Canada's CTV.
Besides the 18 Canadians, a total of 32 Kenyans, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons among other nationalities also died in the gory accident.
Investigations are ongoing to established the exact cause of the accident.
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