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Top CEO: How one minute delay saved me from Ethiopian Airlines crash

Edson Meroka
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Mr Alfayo Otuke photo with next plane that carried him. [Photo/Otuke]

A one minute delay to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa would save the life of Kenya Transporters Association CEO formerly NTSA Director Mr Alfayo Otuke, it has emerged.

Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed six minutes after taking off from the Airport 60KM South of Addis Ababa killing all 149 passengers and eight members of the crew on the spot.

The cause of the crash is yet to be established with authorities in Ethiopia asking for more time to investigate. Kenya lost 32 people, the highest followed by Canada which had 18.

But for Otuke, a one minute delay made the difference since he arrived when the plane was taking off, forcing him to wait for the next flight.

"Sometimes never blame delay caused by unknown reasons. God is ALWAYS at your service.I pass my personal condolences to the family and friends of the 32 Kenyans who died aboard the ill fated Ethiopian plane destined to Nairobi from Bole International airport Adis Ababa, Ethiopian this morning only 6 minutes after take off. 

"A delay made a huge difference.Landed home safely. It was just a one minute difference and just like that, God saved my life," he wrote on Facebook.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the government had set inquiry center at JKIA where relatives to the deceased can get information for logistics and other government relatated services.

On Monday, China banned the Boeing Company planes on her skies citing safety reasons. The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed only four months after it was purchased. 

According to Ethiopia Airways, the plane went for routine maintenance in February this year and the Kenyan born pilot was among those experienced having worked for several years.

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