Relatives react at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Thursday, March 13, 2019.
When Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plummeted to earth Sunday, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members, the captain, Yared Getachew, was en route from his adopted home, Ethiopia, to his country of birth, Kenya.
Although he was the youngest captain at the airline, 29-year-old Yared had completed the route between the East African nations’ capitals many times.
A veteran pilot with more than 8,000 hours of flight time and more than 10 years of experience, Yared is being remembered not only as an accomplished flyer but also a “special child.”
Yared’s father, Dr. Getachew Tesema, a surgeon, told VOA’s Amharic service his son was an “A” student, a swimmer so strong that classmates nicknamed him “Mr. Fish” and a young man engaged to be married.