Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Mr Yared Getachew, 29, was the captain of the ill-fated plane that crashed en-route Nairobi from Addis Ababba, Ethiopia.
‘I am coming to Nairobi. I have forgotten my phone, but we will talk once I get there,” these were the last words Mr Yared Getachew, uttered to his mother as he prepared to steer the aircraft for the less than two-hour flight to Nairobi.
It was a trip he had done many times before, and even for his family this was nothing to worry about given that he had flown for more than 8,000 hours as he charted a path in aviation.
His confidence that fateful morning was confirmed by his mother, Dr Rayan Shapi, whom he last spoke to before starting the journey that ended tragically by claiming all 157 people on board.
Little did the 29-year-old pilot know that he would never live to see his family, given that minutes after take-off his plane developed technical problems and crashed six minutes later as he attempted to make a turnaround and land back at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.