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Relatives recall last moments with kin

Irene Githinji @gitshee

Friends and relatives of victims of the FlySax plane that crashed at the Aberdares on Tuesday emotionally recounted their last moments with the kin yesterday.

From narrations of dreams cut short to hopes of still finding the victims alive, the relatives could hardly accept the turn of events.

The plane pilot was Captain Barbara Wangeci Kamau, 28, who was yesterday described by a relative as jovial and sociable. The relative said the tragedy cut short her plans to “get married soon”.

She holds a Bacherlor’s degree in Information Technology from USIU and a two-year postgraduate training in aviation from a South African university. She has however been piloting in Kenya since 2014.

On Wednesday, Charity Wafula, sister to Robinson Wafula, who was aboard the same plane, expressed optimism her family would be reunited with his brother. However, her hopes were yesterday dashed when it was confirmed there were no survivors in the crash.

The Nairobi abound Cesna C208 craft (registration number 5Y-CAC), had Wangeci, First Officer Jean Mureithi and eight passengers when it lost contact with control tower at 1720 hours Tuesday while at Kinangop, Aberdares.

She said, Robinson, 30, was father to a five-year-old son and was returning to his family in Nairobi after visiting their rural home in Bungoma.

“I am still hopeful they will be found alive…,” Charity said Wednesday, adding: “I spoke to Robinson Tuesday morning before he travelled and I cannot exactly say there were those ‘last moments’ statements because he was alright.”

Another relative, Mohammed Ali said they were at the airport in Nairobi on that fateful evening waiting to receive his cousin, Ahmed Ali Abdi, who was also aboard the plane.

“We were waiting for him at the airport so that we could take him home but no plane landed. We later received information that a plane had gone missing… It is all in God’s hands. If his body is brought we will accept and bury him but we would have loved to find him alive,” Ali had said on Wednesday.

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