Man Who Missed Ethiopian Flight To Nairobi Narrates How He Got Angry For Missing Flight Before He Got The Sad Crash News

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A man set to travel on a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight missed the aircraft by minutes after his connection landed late. Ahmed Khalid was set to travel home to Nairobi on the Boeing 737 from Addis Ababa, which crashed six minutes after take off.

He had been travelling to the airport to catch the final flight of his trip from Dubai, however he missed it. Ahmed Khalid (left) was set to travel home to Nairobi on the Boeing 737 from Addis Ababa (Picture: Reuters)

Speaking to Globalnews.ca, he said: ‘It was from Dubai to Addis Ababa and then from Addis Ababa to Nairobi but because of the delay from Dubai I missed the first flight. ‘So when I reached Addis Ababa they told me to take second flight which I said was fine.’ Prankster faces police probe after sharing video of himself wrestling with pelican While waiting for his new flight, Mr Khalid said he and other passengers were left wondering what the hold up was after being told the trip was delayed.

Moments later, a co-passenger saw a news alert stating Mr Khalid’s original flight had crashed, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members. His father, Khalid Ali Abdulrahman, who was waiting for his son at the airport in Nairobi, said he feared the worst when a security official told him the plane had crashed. He said: ‘I arrived here shortly after 10am and as I waited, a security person approached me and asked me “which flight are you waiting for”.

He had been travelling to the airport to catch the final flight of his trip from Dubai, however he missed it (Picture: EPA) ‘So when I reached Addis Ababa they told me to take second flight which I said was fine’ (Picture: Barcroft Media) The plane, destined for Nairobi, hit the ground six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on Sunday morning (Picture: AFP)

‘I answered him quickly because I wanted him to direct me to the arrivals, so I told him Ethiopia, and then he said: “Sorry, that one has crashed”. ‘I was shocked, but shortly after, my son contacted me and told me he is still in Addis and did not board that flight, he is waiting for the second one which has been delayed.’ Couple arrested for getting engaged in front of cheering crowd at shopping centre Seven British passengers and one from Ireland were among the 157 people killed when the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after take-off, officials confirmed.

The plane, destined for Nairobi, hit the ground six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on Sunday morning. Kenya’s transport secretary James Macharia said he could confirm there were nationals from at least 35 different countries on board. Records show the plane was new and delivered to the airline as recently as November.

The cause of the crash was not yet known.

Records show the plane was new and delivered to the airline as recently as November (Picture: EPA)

Visibility was clear but air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said ‘vertical speed was unstable after take off’. The pilot had sent out a distress call and was given the all clear to return, according to the airline’s chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam. Mother killed in front of her three young kids by rock thrown onto car from overpass An eyewitness told the BBC there was an intense fire when the plane crashed. ‘The blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn’t get near it,” he said.


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