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Father of Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Mourns İrrepressible Son

Father of Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Mourns İrrepressible Son

WASHINGTON — 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.

“He was hard working and respected everyone, old or young,” Getachew said. “People loved him and respected him, and he was a blessing in so many ways. He was very close to me.”

The fifth of six children, Yared was born in Kenya in 1989. His mother, Rayan Shapi, is also a doctor and is Kenyan.

 

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14 2019 10:34 -

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