Hussein Swaleh Mtetu, a CAF commissioner among the victims of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash

The former secretary general of the national federation and high-ranking football official, Hussein Swaleh Mtetu is among the 32 Kenyans who perished on Sunday 10 March CAF announced.

Hussein Swaleh Mtetu passed away following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that was on its way from Addis Ababa.

The crash happened at 08:44 local time on  Sunday, six minutes after the months-old Boeing 737 Max-8 took off.

Husein Swaleh was reportedly returning home after serving as Commissioner in the CAF Champions League match between Ismaily SC (Egypt) and TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo) played on Friday in Alexandria.

The cause of the disaster is not yet clear. However, the pilot had reported difficulties and had asked to return to the airport. An eyewitness at the scene said that there was an intense fire as the aircraft hit the ground.

The President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad and all the African football family send their condolences to our dearest Hussein Swaleh Mtetu family, his relatives and to the Kenyan Football Federation.

Mr. Hussein Swaleh was appointed as CAF Match Commissioner for 2018-2020. He was the secretary general of Kenya Football Federation (KFF) when Kenya last played at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia 2004.

The airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on flight ET302

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday, killing 149 passengers from more than 30 countries, and eight crew, the airline said having left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 am (+3GMT), before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8:44 am.

The Boeing Max-8 aircraft was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines on 15 November last year.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has declared Monday as a day of national mourning for all the victims of the crash.

He visited ET 302 accident site afternoon after the crash. He expresses his profound sadness at the loss of life and wishes healing to the friends and families of the bereaved. He provided direction to ensure full and timely investigation and communication of the cause.

 

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