Family lose second relative to air disaster following #EthiopianAirlinesCrash

The Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash which claimed 157 lives left a Kenyan family devastated after a second family member to an air disaster.

Kenyan Philip Mason lost two brothers to plane crashes, 19 years apart.

Nearly two decades ago, his other brother Richard died when the Kenya Airways’ Airbus A310-300 crashed into the sea off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire.

Because of the nature of his work as a technician in the medical field, the deceased Cosmas Kipngetich Rogony was a frequent air traveler.

He had been on his way to Ethiopia to install medical equipment when the Ethiopian Airlines plane came down.

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The news was broken to us by the person who was supposed to pick him up from the airport.

Philip Mason, victim's brother

At first, he was told that the plane was delayed, next was that the plane has disappeared, later they said the plane has crashed and then a confirmation that Cosmas Rogony was one of the passengers.

Philip Mason, victim's brother

Cosmas was young and very generous. He has helped the family a lot - got married about two years ago and have a 1-year-old child, so he has left behind very devastated people.

Philip Mason, victim's brother

Philip says his mother was hospitalised immediately after she received the news of his son's death. She was discharged yesterday and is recovering well at home.

On government's request, the family has delegated three representatives to travel to Ethiopia to identify the body of Cosman Rogony.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Family lose second relative to air disaster following #EthiopianAirlinesCrash


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