I lost my whole family in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, says heartbroken man
"One day I will go and see God and he will have to explain to me why he took my family."
These were the words of Kenyan resident, John Karanja who lost five family members in deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.
They were expected to arrive from Canada, where his wife Anne visited their daughter, Caroline and his grandchildren.
“I had never taken her out so I felt I had to do something for her,” said Karanja. “My idea was that she comes home with my grandchildren for the Easter holidays.”
He treated Anne, who he was married to for 35 years, to the trip.
The last communication that Karanja recalls was a text from 34-year-old Caroline that expressed excitement but also fear. "I am excited (to come home) but I feel like something bad is ahead”.
Two hours later, she boarded the doomed flight ET 302/10 that crashed six minutes after take-off.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the Boeing 737 Next Generation series has been involved in 15 hull-loss accidents and 10 hijackings, for a total of 590 fatalities. The worst one involving the aircraft was Air India Express Flight 812 which crashed in 2010. An analysis by Boeing on commercial jet airplane accidents in the period 1959–2013 showed that the Next Generation series had a hull loss rate of 0.27 per million departures versus 0.54 for the classic series and 1.75 for the original series.