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Ethiopian Airlines hostess dies in crash after resuming from maternity leave
One of the Ethiopian Airlines hostesses that died in fatal plane crash last Sunday, had just resumed work after observing her maternity leave, the husband revealed.
The Flight attendant was thrilled to have landed a shift on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 last Sunday morning.
The short return flight between Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and Nairobi, Kenya, meant she would have some precious time at home with her husband Bayihe and their 10-month-old son Dani.
Bayihe, 33, said:
“She particularly liked this flight as she went to Nairobi in the morning and came back to Addis Ababa in the afternoon. We could spend special family time with our son together.”
He dropped her off at the airport on Sunday morning and expected to collect her there in the afternoon. But she would never come home.
She was among the 157 people on board the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed in a fireball six minutes after take-off, leaving no survivors.
The 29-year-old had not been long back at work after having son Dani because she had suffered complications during the birth.
Heartbroken Bayihe said:
“I dropped her off at the airport on Sunday morning and she just didn’t come back.” In his raw grief he drove back to the airport to pick her up that afternoon, despite knowing she had been killed.
At an emotional ceremony in the suburb of Kaliti, he sat unshaven and with red eyes, his shoulders draped with a traditional white mourning shawl.
“What am I going to do now? He’s only 10 months old and he’s lost his mother. Our lives will never be the same again.” he sobbed.