‘Most crash victims will NEVER be recovered’ Ethiopian Airlines CEO

Grieving relatives and friends of the 32 Kenyans who lost their lives in the crashed Ethiopian plane  ET 302 had their hopes dashed yesterday.

Most of the bodies of the 157 people including 32 Kenyans who perished in the Ethiopian plane crash will never be recovered, identified and buried.

‘Only God knows our paths’ Read the last letter of Ethiopian flight attendant

remains of the crashed plane ET 302

A BBC interview the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam revealed most of the bodies were reduced to ashes by the intense heat of the fire and only a few pieces have been recovered.

“By the time I reached the site on Sunday the plane was completely underground and there was no sign of it above the ground. We had to dig up the wreckage to try and find bodies.

It is very sad that we were not able to get bodies. We only have very small pieces of the remains. That is the main challenge we have now.”

‘My daughter told me she was scared’ Nakuru man who lost five family members in Ethiopia’s plane crash recalls

 

Cedric Asiavugwa was among those who died in the crash. He was based in Washington DC and was coming home for the funeral of his mother in law.

Speaking during an interview with a local TV station his father Thomas Govedi, was overwhelmed with the sad news but added that even if only a finger was found of his remains he would bury it.

“Even if we find just a finger, we will bury it.”

The late Cedric

Cedric was a student at Georgetown University studying Law and was set to graduate in two months time. His last message to his wife comforting her after losing her mother was a quote from Karl Rahner, which read:

“THE GREAT AND SAD MISTAKE OF MANY PEOPLE — AMONG THEM EVEN PIOUS PERSONS — IS TO IMAGINE THAT THOSE WHOM DEATH HAS TAKEN, LEAVE US.

THEY DO NOT LEAVE US. THEY REMAIN! WHERE ARE THEY? IN DARKNESS? OH NO! IT IS WE WHO ARE IN DARKNESS.

WE DO NOT SEE THEM, BUT THEY SEE US. THEIR EYES, RADIANT WITH GLORY, ARE FIXED UPON OUR EYES . . .

OH, INFINITE CONSOLATION! THOUGH INVISIBLE TO US, OUR DEAD ARE NOT ABSENT. THEY ARE LIVING NEAR US, TRANSFIGURED INTO LIGHT, INTO POWER, INTO LOVE.”

 

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‘My daughter told me she was scared’ Nakuru man who lost five family members in Ethiopia’s plane crash recalls

Quindos Karanja is trying to terms with the loss of 5 of his family members who died in the Ethiopian flight ET 302  which crashed on Sunday.

Mr Karanja lost his wife Anne Wangui 60, daughter Caroline Nduta 34 and his grand kids Ryan 7, Kerry  4 and Rubby, who was only 9-months-old.

They were travelling from Canada en-route to Nairobi to join the other family members

“My wife went to Canada in August 2018 and I even escorted her to the airport.”

‘Only God knows our paths’ Read the last letter of Ethiopian flight attendant

Mr Karanja's wife Anne
Mr Karanja’s wife Anne

Karanja rewarded his wife with a trip to Canada after she retired mid last year so that she could visit their daughter and grand kids.

In an interview heard by Classic 105, Mr Karanja says that his daughter had a premonition of their death and she even talked about the ‘feeling ‘ to her dad.

“Its like my daughter Carol was expecting something, she told me that she was excited to come to Kenya but she also added that she had fear in her heart yet she did not know why.

I am still praying to God that all this will come to pass.”

Mr Karanja's daughter Carol
Mr Karanja’s daughter Carol

The last letter Tony Ngare’s daughter wrote before he died in the Ethiopian Airline plane crash will break your heart

Karanja’s daughter worked as an accountant in Canada and her husband is expected to jet to Kenya even as the family tries top come to terms with their loss.

He said that his wife was more than a wife she was a friend and a confidant

”I am not even able to tell you what kind of a wife she was. She was not only a wife, she was a friend to the entire family, a mentor and a very supportive person.

She has helped me a lot and the only gift I could give to her was to go and visit our daughter for three months because I had never taken her out.

I don’t know what will happen or who I will question.

People say it is God’s will, one day I will go and see God and he will have to explain to me why he took the family like, but now I have nothing to say,” he added. 

Mr Karanja's grandkids who died in the Ethiopian plane crash
Mr Karanja’s grandkids who died in the Ethiopian plane crash

From Classic 105 we send Mr Karanja and his family our sincere condolences and to every other person who lost a loved one in the ill fated plane, we are sorry for your loss.

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‘Only God knows our paths’ Read the last letter of Ethiopian flight attendant

The family of  flight attendant Stella Osebe Konarska is still trying to come to terms with her death after Ethiopian jetliner 737  MAX 3 crashed on Sunday.

Stella and her son Adam Mbicha were among 157 people on board the ill fated plane.

Stella’s grief stricken husband, Pawel Konarski used her social media platform to let everyone know she is no more.

The late Stella enjoying a selfie moment with her colleagues

The last letter Tony Ngare’s daughter wrote before he died in the Ethiopian Airline plane crash will break your heart

He wrote

“To all my friends,” the letter began, “This will be my last message to all of you, it’s hard to say goodbye.

I still can’t believe I’m no longer with you in this world. Only God knows why this happened to me and my beloved son Adam Mbicha Konarski.

I was always trying through all my life to be a very honest person with positive spirit and smile every day I’m sure I made it.

I’m really greatfull to my familly for your support through all my life I would like to say thanks to all my friends from all over the world Kenya, Dubai, Qatar, Poland, Saudi Arabia.

Your friendship meant a lot to me and to my family too you were giving us smile and happiness every day.

Thanks for being there for us,We will always be there for you Me and my Son looking from the top.

We need to pray now, please stay strong because only God knows our paths and we shall meet again one day, I’m sure.

With all my love your true friend, sister and daughter 
Stella Mbicha Konarska.”

Below are photos and her son before their death

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Ethiopian airline cabin crew the late Stella Adam
The late Stella Adam and her son Adam

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