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CanadaSenior captain who piloted downed Ethiopian plane has connections to Calgary

06:05  12 march  2019
06:05  12 march  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Pilot of Crashed Jet Reported Flight-Control Problems

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The pilot has family here Calgary and they're sharing more about this remarkable young man who had such promise. WATCH: Global News has learned the captain of a downed Ethiopian Airlines plane has connections to Calgary . Family in the city are sharing more about the remarkable young man

WATCH: Over 700 people attended a memorial service on Saturday for a Calgary man who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. Calgarians rally behind family of Ethiopian Airlines crash victim. Senior captain who piloted downed Ethiopian plane has connections to Calgary .

Senior captain who piloted downed Ethiopian plane has connections to Calgary © Courtesy Getecho family 28-year-old pilot, Yared Getecho

Yared Getecho was 28 years old when he was killed in a devastating plane crash that claimed the lives of 157 people. A very accomplished and confident pilot with an impeccable record, according to Ethiopian Airlines. The company also said he logged over 8,000 hours in flight.

Getecho was one of the youngest people in the history of Ethiopian Airlines to be promoted to captain, the airline said.

He was at the controls of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 when the passenger jet went down on Sunday. His aunt, Leila Ali Henry, lives in Calgary and said she is still in shock.

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Another Canadian victim of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people has been identified as Ameen Ismail Noormohamed. It’s the second fatal crash for that type of plane within six months, which has led many countries to ground the plane pending the investigation.

Senior captain who piloted downed Ethiopian plane has connections to Calgary . Global News has learned the captain of that downed ethiopian plane has connections to Calgary . The pilot has family here Calgary and they're sharing more about this remarkable young man who had such

"It can't be -- our boy has gone. I was so proud of him," Ali Henry told Global News through tears on Monday. "It just seemed unfair."

She said the family is devastated at the loss of her promising nephew.

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"He was a rising star," Henry said. "It's so hard to see that he is gone."

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The pilot of the downed Ethiopian Airlines flight had "flight control problems" shortly before the fatal crash, according to the company's chief executive.

The captain of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, Yared Getachew, asked to return to base on Sunday shortly after take off. The captain asked in a panicky voice to turn back only three minutes into the flight as the plane abnormally accelerated, said a person who reviewed the jet’s air traffic

Getecho lived in Ethiopia and leaves behind a young brother and his two grieving parents. Most of his family lives in Nairobi.

"He was the child you would want," Henry said. "He made his parents so proud, he never disappointed them."

Ali Henry said the family is anxious to hear exactly what happened, but said Getecho would have done everything he could have to land the plane safely.

"He called the tower two minutes after takeoff," Henry said. "He was a very confident pilot, exceptional.

"He said, 'Hey guys, turn me around, there's something wrong with this plane,' and they gave him clearance to turn around and as he was, it just nose-dived into the ground."

There are plans underway for a memorial service, Henry said.

"The tragedy of it is the person he was, and how young he was," Henry said. "He's so handsome in his face and just an amazing fellow."

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Air Canada, WestJet fly 37 planes of the type that crashed in Ethiopia.
WestJet added four more Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following a separate fatal crash in Indonesia.

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