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Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: Pilot's family holds send-off prayers, body still missing
Linda Shiundu|March. 13, 2019
- The send-off prayers were held in Mombasa in line with Islamic religion
- Captain Yared is said to have been an experienced pilot with over 8,000 flight hours
- He had also logged about 1,500 hours as the pilot in command
- The 29-year-old was born of a Kenyan mother and an Ethiopian father
- He was eulogised as kind, caring and hardworking
- Yared was not married, neither did he have any children
The family of the pilot of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane on Tuesday, March 13, congregated for prayers for the late captain in accordance with Islamic religion.
The 29-year-old Senior Captain Yared Tessema Getachew who was at the command of the ill-fated flight was mourned as a kind, caring and hardworking young man.
According to NTV, the family gathered in Mombasa where his mother's family resides to hold a send-off prayer for the pilot whose body is yet to be retrieved.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the accident and the passing on of our own Yared and his entire passengers,” the family said.
Yared, born of a Kenyan mother, Rayan Shapi, of Mombasa and an Ethiopian father, Getachew Tessema, lived in Spring Valley estate, Nairobi.
Further reports indicated the experienced pilot schooled at Oshwal High School in Nairobi then trained as a pilot with Ethiopian Airlines.
He then worked with the airlines from when he was a cadet since July 2010 till he became a senior captain in 2017 on the Boeing 737-800, logging over 8,000 hours in flight with 1,500 as the pilot in command.
He was not married and both his parents are dentists.
The Nairobi-bound plane from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city, crashed at around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) on Sunday, March 10, killing 157 people including eight cabin crew members.
The aircraft's black box has been taken for examination and relatives hope data retrieved from it will explain to them why their kin's lives were shattered so tragically.
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