Caf Match Commissioner :
The Confederation of African Football CAF, has reported the death of one of its match commissioners. He is Kenya’s Hussein Swaleh.
The Kenyan who was one of the victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday morning on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Swaleh, was a former Kenya Football Federation Secretary General.
He was returning from CAF Champions League match involving Egyptian side Ismailia and DRC’s TP Mazembe played on Friday in Cairo, where He was the match commissioner.
He was among the 157 aboard of the aircraft which had Kenya as the most affected of the 33 countries that lost citizens in the ill-fated flight. In all, there were 32 Kenyans aboard the flight which was reportedly piloted by an experienced Ethiopian-born Kenyan, Captain Yared Mulugeta.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam remarked that the pilot was a senior pilot, who had been flying the same plane since November 2007. His first officer had several flight hours under his belt too.
The cause of the crash which took place around Bishoftu, formerly known as Debre-Zeit was yet to be ascertained.
The plane’s identification details were given as B-737-800MAX, registration ET-AVJ.
The aircraft left Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital at 8.38am local time and lost contact six minutes later.
The Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.