It was a blessing in disguise for Kenyan Ahmed Khalid to miss an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Nairobi from Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, March 10.
The plane Khalid was bound to fly in crashed approximately six minutes after take off killing all 157 passengers and crew on board.
It was gathered that Khalid who was received by his family at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Monday, March 11, was flying from Dubai to Addis Ababa from where he had planned to connect to Nairobi via the ill-fated flight.
A misfortune in the name of a delayed takeoff from Dubai turned out to be his luck.
“Because of the delay from Dubai, I missed the first flight to Nairobi… one passenger saw on his mobile the first plane which had just flew, like six minutes after it flew, it just crashed,” he recalled
Kenya lost 32 citizens including two top managers at Kenya Airports Authority and Nigeria lost two citizens including famous scholar, Pius Adesanmi, and Ambassador Bashua.
The airline’s spokesperson, Asrat Begashaw, confirmed the gory accident killed 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, six Egyptians, two Nigerians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons among other nationalities.
On the morning of Monday March 11, morning, Khalid landed safely at JKIA and was received by his joyful family members eagerly waiting for the arrival of their son at a time when other families were mourning their lived ones killed in the crash.
"Because of the delay from Dubai, I missed the first flight [to Nairobi]… one passenger saw on his mobile the first plane which had just flew, like six minutes after it flew, it just crashed"
— TRT World (@trtworld) March 10, 2019