Members of the family of an Edmonton girl mentioned they’re “utterly devastated” to search out out she and her five-year-old daughter have been on board the Ethiopian Airways jet that crashed Sunday morning.
“You had this individual with you yesterday, and now, at the moment, they’re not there anymore,” Mohamed Ali advised International Information.
“It’s heartbreaking, particularly for her youngsters and my mother — she’s simply past devastation.”
Ali mentioned Amina Odowa, 33, lived in Edmonton together with her three daughters, aged seven, 5 and three years previous.
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She was travelling together with her daughter Sofia Abdulkadir, 5, to go to household and associates in Kenya.
“She favored to journey again residence very often to go to household,” Ali mentioned. “It’s unbelievable. You’re feeling such as you’re in a dream after which it seems that it’s actual, not a dream.”
All 157 passengers and crew died within the crash, which occurred shortly after the airplane took off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, heading in direction of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
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The identities of the opposite 16 Canadian victims weren’t instantly identified.
Ali mentioned his sister was very near their mom, who was taking care of Odowa’s two different daughters. Odowa had household and associates in Edmonton and labored as a supervisor at a neighborhood firm.
“She was hardworking,” Ali mentioned. “She was very nice, very pleasant. She had quite a lot of associates, and everyone knew her.”
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The mom and daughter left Edmonton on Friday night time for Toronto, the place they’d board a flight en path to Kenya, by no means making it to their ultimate vacation spot.
“My brother noticed [the news] on the web aircraft had come down, and he texted me asking me if I knew Amina’s flight quantity,” Ali recalled.
“On the first second, my instincts mentioned it’s not her. In my head, I used to be calculating she would have been passed by now to Kenya,” he mentioned.
Ali contacted his different sister to double verify Odowa’s itinerary.
“I checked out it and I noticed it was the very same flight that she was on,” he mentioned. “I didn’t need to consider it was actual however ultimately I received a maintain of the airline, which confirmed to me that she was on that flight. I referred to as my mother to let her know, and she or he was past devastated.”
Ali mentioned Odowa’s oldest daughter has been advised what occurred, however he didn’t consider the youthful youngster had been advised what had occurred.
The household is in touch with International Affairs and is deciding their subsequent steps, together with whether or not to journey to the crash website.
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