A man identified as Ahmed Khalid has shared his good news with everyone who cares to listen, after he missed the Ethiopian airlines flight because his connection flight from Dubai was delayed and he reached Addis Ababa later than planned.
Ahmad told Global News in an interview that his flight was booked from Dubai to Addis Ababa and then from Adid Ababa to Nairobi.
“Because of the delay from Dubai, I missed the first flight (From Addis Ababa to Nairobi, the ill-fated flight). So, when I reached Addis Ababa, they told me to take the next flight, which is at 11 o’clock and I said its fine.”
The Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi that crashed early on Sunday carried 149 passengers and eight crew members from 35 countries and there were no survivors.
Khalid recalled the moments when the news of the crash spread: “Everyone was asking the cabin crew what was happening but no one was saying anything. They were just going up and down until one passenger saw on his mobile that the first plane which had just flew, like six minutes after it took off, just crashed.”
The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa.
The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route links East Africa’s two largest economic powers. Travelers and tour groups crowd the Addis Ababa airport’s waiting areas, along with businessmen from China, Gulf nations and elsewhere.