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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

Edmonton mother and daughter among 18 Canadians killed in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

Edmonton mother and daughter among 18 Canadians killed in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash An Edmonton woman and her daughter are among 18 Canadians confirmed dead in a plane crash Sunday in Ethiopia. Amina Ibrahim Odowa, 33, and her daughter Sofia Abdulkadir, 5, were killed when the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa. Odowa's two surviving daughters, ages three and seven, are in the care of their grandmother in Edmonton. None of the 157 passengers and crew members on board survived. The plane was destined for Nairobi. After takeoff, the Ethiopian Airlines pilot sent out a distress call and was cleared to return to the airport.

WATCH: Ethiopian Airlines CEO says pilot mentioned having ‘difficulty’ and wanted to return. A senior U.S. government official said it was too early to tell if there was any direct connection between the two accidents, but that reviewing the issue would be among the top priorities for investigators.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday - killing everyone on board - had been piloted only hours before from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa The airline said the doomed flight was piloted by a senior captain , Yared Getachew, who had more than 8,000 cumulative flight hours and a

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.

Calgary accountant among victims of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

Calgary accountant among victims of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash Derick Lwugi, a pillar of Calgary's Kenyan community, was one of 18 Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday. Flight ET302 crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa around 8:45 a.m. local time, killing all 157 people on board. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was destined for Nairobi. Lwugi, 54, an accountant for the city and founder of the Kenyan Community in Calgary group, was on the flight, a family friend confirmed to CBC News. He volunteered as an assistant pastor and sat on the board of the non-profit Abeingo Association Canada.

The co- pilot of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-702 to Italy hijacked the aircraft and landed it in Geneva. At a media conference later on Monday Swiss officials said the hijacker was the co- pilot of the plane . He seized the chance to take control of the aircraft when the pilot went to bathroom and directed it

Co- pilot hijacks Ethiopian Airlines plane , flies to Geneva, seeks asylum. The co- pilot took control of the plane when the pilot went to the restroom, said Swiss police spokesman Jean-Philippe Brandt. "His act has been motivated by the fact that he feels threatened in his county and wants to make an

"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.

Photos: Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash

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

Toronto man victim of Ethiopian plane crash

Toronto man victim of Ethiopian plane crash A Toronto Muslim organization has identified a 72-year-old member of their community as a victim of Sunday's plane crash in Ethiopia. 

The captain had more than 8,000 hours of flying experience and an excellent record, Ethiopian Airlines The plane ’s automatic anti-stalling feature repeatedly pushed down the plane ’s nose. I’ve talked to seniors who spend most of the winter inside, because the city has failed to make outside

A passenger has revealed a delayed connection meant he missed taking the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crash killing all on board. Seven Brits were among the 149 passengers and eight crew who died when the Nairobi bound plane crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa.

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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