Flight ET302’s only surviving passenger recounts his luck


Melat Mulugeta

Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet Flight ET302 crashed on March 11, 2019 morning en route from Addis Ababa to Kenya. Including the cabin crew, all 157 passengers died on impact. The passenger manifest show passengers from 35 nationalities and most were UN members. Before the plane crashed near Bishoftu town, the pilot reported an issue to the control but lost communication right before the crash. As the world mourns the lost lives, one fortunate surviving passenger is counting his blessings. Antonis Mavropoulos, International Solid Waste Association President, was traveling to Nairobi to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme. Antonis was late by 2 minutes from boarding the flight. The Greek national recounted his luck and the events that unfolded later that day.