Kenyan referee among Ethiopian Airlines victims

Kenyan referee among Ethiopian Airlines victims

A Kenyan official has been reported to be among the 157 passengers who were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Abeba airport on Sunday morning.

According to Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Hussein Swaleh, chairman of FKF Lower Eastern branch, was returning from Egypt where he officiated as match commissioner in the CAF Champions League game between Ismailia and TP Mazembe played on Friday.

“Football Kenya Federation wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of FKF Lower Eastern branch chairman Hussein Swaleh and all victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight B-737-800Max that crashed on Sunday, shortly after take-off,” the governing body said in a statement.

“Football has indeed lost a dedicated and hardworking individual that lived the game. We wish all those who have been affected solace in this trying time.”

Local officials in Ethiopia confirmed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew members on board of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane when it hit the ground six minutes after departure, leaving no survivors.


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