Tributes to Briton killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight


55 year old Joseph Waithaka (pictured above) had dual British and Kenyan nationality. He lived and worked in Hull, until retiring to Kenya four years ago. This month he was visiting family and friends in the UK, and celebrating the birth of his latest grandchild. He flew out of Heathrow on Saturday and had changed planes in Ethiopia.


One of his sons, Ben Kuria (pictured below), told Premier of the moment he realised his dad had been on board the flight.

“I just saw a news flash saying that an Ethiopian Airline ET302 had crashed about six minutes after take-off. At that point I just put two-and-two together and that’s when I started to fear for the worst.

“(At that moment) I just felt the peace of God. As soon as I started to think ‘well, yes, I think this might have been the flight that dad was on’. And I was eerily calm when I rang my brother.”

The family say they’ve been touched by messages of support from people in churches in Hull and other parts of the country.

“It’s of comfort to know that we’ve had such an outpouring of love, of prayers and support. And we’ll be carried by that.”


Wreckage is piled at the crash scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu


Until his retirement, Joseph Waithaka worked with the Humberside Probation Trust. Ben Kuria says his dad’s Christian faith shaped…

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