A trip meant to reunite with family in Gusii turned tragic for Stella Osebe, an air hostess with Flying Emirates after being involved in deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash miles from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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Ms Osebe, a mother of one who is married to a Polish, was on board with her son Adams Mbicha and the two were visiting parents in Kenya before perishing six minutes after take off.

Her friend, Vincent Omao said she was humble and dependable friend and that she had alerted friends of her expected trip back home after a long time .

"I have lost a true friend. She was in the plane and in the list that has just been released, I can see her name on number three. She was married to a Polish and was briefly coming home to visit us," said a disturbed Omao.

He added: "Sadly, we have also lost her son, Adams Mbicha who holds UN Diplomatic passport. She was bringing her home for the first time. She however works with Flying Emirates."

The Boeing aeroplane crashed just six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in Ethiopia, 60KM South of Addis Ababa on its way to Nairobi, Kenya.

Authorities have confirmed that 32 Kenyans lost their lives and Mrs Osebe, despite being married in Poland, holds a Kenyan passport. She is first cousin to former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara.

The tragedy came just a week after the death of Captain Mario Magonga, another experienced pilot from the region, who had been DP William Ruto's personal pilot. He will be laid to rest this Friday.