One Kenyan man suffered a major loss after five of his family members died in the Ethiopia Airline crash of Sunday which killed all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.
Among those who lost their lives were 32 Kenyans who were aboard the ill-fated Boeing 737 aircraft which crashed a few minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
Kelvin Karanja lost his mother, sister and three children who were travelling from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi to meet the rest of the family.
Karanja’s sister and children were on transit from Canada to Kenya via Ethiopia.
“My mother had been in Ethiopia for six months and was coming to be with the rest of the family in Kenya,” Karanja told Nairobi News.
Since news of the air tragedy broke, family members of the victims have been gathering at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to get the lasted updates on the fate of their kin.
The last communication that Karanja recalls was a text from 34-year-old Caroline that said, “I am excited (to come home) but I also have this fear in me”.
This was two hours before she boarded the ill-fated flight ET 302/10 that crashed six minutes after take-off in Addis Ababa.
Karanja confessed that his wife was everything to him – a mentor, friend to his family and confidant. On several occasions, she had come through for him in ways that no one else would have.
A neighbour, Martin Muchiri, recalled how they had prepared a welcoming party for Karanja’s family., the Standard reported.
“We had organised a small party to welcome mama, her daughter and grandchildren. We bought a goat. This is so painful,” said Mr Muchiri.