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Revealed: Final six minutes inside doomed Ethiopian flight



Pilots flying last month’s ill-fated Boeing 737 struggled to control the plane as soon as it took off, fresh reports indicate.

Preliminary findings of the accident that killed all 157 people on board reveal that the six-minute flight was hell for the crew and passengers.Thirty-six of the victims were Kenyans.

Like riding a 72-tonne bucking bull at the rodeo, the pilots had to contend with wild swings to either side and jerky climbs and falls before the Ethiopian Airlines flight ploughed nose-first into the ground.

The impact shredded the plane and its occupants, leaving almost no body parts for the rescue crew to retrieve.

“The aircraft impacted in a farm field and created a crater approximately 10 metres deep, with a hole of about 28 metres width and 40 metres length,” the preliminary report reads.

Data from flight recorders recovered at the crash site tell of the last moments of Flight ET302, including the commands issued by the 29-year-old Kenyan-born captain to his First Officer, four years his junior.

The instructions did little to help control the plane, which investigators believe had multiple engineering flaws.

Captain Yared Mulugeta, who was coming to his mother in Mombasa, is described as having been extremely fit for the flight.

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He had not flown in the preceding 72 hours, thus eliminating any fatigue issue.Instead, investigators indicated that the sensors mounted on either side of the plane gave contradicting information relating to the aircraft’s angle of flight.

Specifically, while the jet took off in what appeared as normal lift at 8.37am, an error message was noted within 70 seconds to mark the start of the wild roller-coaster ride

.“At 8.38am, shortly after liftoff, the left and right recorded angle of attack values deviated.

Also, the airspeed, altitude and flight director pitch bar values from the left side noted deviating from the corresponding right side values,” the investigators reported.

All the while, it appears from the report, the plane would have been flying on its side as the pilots fought to level its flight.

“The left side values were lower than the right side values until near the end of the recording,” the report reads.

Just about this time, the captain, who was clearly distressed, sought to engage the autopilot by shouting “Command!” to his assistant, hoping that the computerised system would find a remedy for the fault.

It was a rough one minute, where the captain also directed the First Officer to contact the air traffic controllers at Bole International Airport seeking clearance to return.

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“Six seconds after the autopilot engagement, there were small amplitude roll oscillations accompanied by lateral acceleration, rudder oscillations and slight heading changes. These oscillations continued also after the autopilot was disengaged,” the report said, describing the first two minutes of the flight.

Clearance for return to Bole Airport was granted, but the aircraft could not make it back. It ploughed into a recently cleared farm field some 60km from the airport.

The last words from the pilots as the plane started to nosedive, after desperate attempts to point it back up, were “left alpha vane”.

It would appear that the vane, a small appendage that measures the angle of attack of the plane, was totally dysfunctional and could not be rescued.

Before the crash, the plane had only done 1,330 hours of flying, indicating it was among the newest aircraft in service.

“Most of the wreckage was found buried in the ground; small fragments of the aircraft were found scattered around the site in an area about 200m wide by 300m long.

The damages to the aircraft are consistent with a high energy impact,” the report reads.

Ethiopia’s Transport ministry last Thursday said the pilots did everything right and by the rule book, leaving the manufacturer to blame for the accident.

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Mum of multiple quadruplets struggles to provide for 38 kids



Mariam Nabatanzi gave birth to twins a year after she was married off at the age of 12. Five more sets of twins followed – along with four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.

Three years ago, however, the 39-year-old Ugandan was abandoned by her husband, leaving her to support their surviving 38 children alone.It was just the latest setback in a life marred by tragedy for Nabatanzi, who lives with her children in four cramped houses made of cement blocks and topped with corrugated iron in a village surrounded by coffee fields 50 km (31 miles) north of Kampala.

After her first sets of twins were born, Nabatanzi went to a doctor who told her she had unusually large ovaries. He advised her that birth control like pills might cause health problems.So the children kept coming.Family sizes are at their largest in Africa.

In Uganda, the fertility rate averages out at 5.6 children per woman, one of the continent’s highest, and more than double the global average of 2.4 children, according to the World Bank.But even in Uganda, the size of Nabatanzi’s family makes her an extreme outlier.

Her last pregnancy, two and a half years ago, had complications. It was her sixth set of twins and one of them died in childbirth, her sixth child to die.Then her husband – often absent for long stretches – abandoned her. His name is now a family curse. Nabatanzi refers to him using an expletive.“I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering,” she said during an interview at her home, hands clasped as her eyes welled up.

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“All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money.”Desperate for cash, Nabatanzi turns a hand to everything: hairdressing, event decorating, collecting and selling scrap metal, brewing local gin and selling herbal medicine.

The money is swallowed up by food, medical care, clothing and school fees.On a grimy wall in one room of her home hang proud portraits of some of her children graduating from school, gold tinsel around their necks

.“Mum is overwhelmed, the work is crushing her, we help where we can, like in cooking and washing, but she still carries the whole burden for the family. I feel for her,” said her eldest child Ivan Kibuka, 23, who had to drop out of secondary school when the money ran out.


Nabatanzi’s desire for a large family has its roots in tragedy.Three days after she was born, Nabatanzi’s mother abandoned the family: her father, the newborn girl and her five siblings. “She just left us,” said Nabatanzi sombrely, as some of her ragged children played on the dirt floor while others did chores.

After her father remarried, her stepmother poisoned the five older children with crushed glass mixed in their food.

They all died. Nabatanzi escaped because she was visiting a relative, she says. “I was seven years old then, too young to even understand what death actually meant. I was told by relatives what had happened,” she said.She grew up wanting to have six children to rebuild her shattered family.

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Providing a home for 38 children is a constant challenge.

Twelve of the children sleep on metal bunk beds with thin mattresses in one small room with grime-caked walls. In the other rooms, lucky children pile onto shared mattresses while the others sleep on the dirt floor.Older children help look after the young ones and everyone helps with chores like cooking.

A single day can require 25 kilograms of maize flour, Nabatanzi says. Fish or meat are rare treats.A roster on a small wooden board nailed to a wall spells out washing or cooking duties.

“On Saturday we all work together,” it reads.Having endured such a hard childhood herself, Nabatanzi’s greatest wish now is for her children to be happy.“I started taking on adult responsibilities at an early stage,” she said. “I have not had joy, I think, since I was born.”

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VIDEO: Pastor kisses young woman on the lips to ‘rid her body of demons’



Bizarre footage shows a pastor kiss a young woman on the lips in an attempt to “rid her body of demons “. The clergyman is seen embracing the woman in a pink dress in front of his congregation.

Local media claims the pastor had discussed the soul in the sermon at a church in Zimbabwe.And it’s said he demonstrated a way to cleanse the spirit – by locking lips with the woman.

The video captures the awkward kiss last for an uncomfortably long time in front of the church members.Two women in the front row hold their hands to their heads.The woman in pink eventually sways and gestures at her stomach.

But the pastor goes back in for a second kiss in the clip.The camera pans toward a woman in a green cardigan standing behind a short distance behind the pastor.

The video uploaded by Raymond Majongwe who captioned the video: “Pastor at work. Hale luuuuuyaa”.One commenter asked: “I wonder if he does the same to his male congregates?”One priest previously told Mirror Online how he can tell if someone is possessed by a demon.

Father de Meo, an exorcist of 64 years’ standing from Foggia, Apulia, south-eastern Italy, says prayer is the key to establishing what ails a presented person.The exorcist will typically say a “prolonged prayer to the point where if the adversary [demon] is present, there’s a reaction,” he said.

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Kenyans reject Uhuru’s avocado, baby carrots deal with Mauritius



The news that Mauritius had lifted a ban on Kenyan avocados has not been well received by the Kenyan online community.

Kenyans online have lamented that they are already grappling with a decrease in production of their “dear avocados” and did not want a trade deal involving the produce.

The government of Mauritius lifted a ban on several Kenyan farm produce, including avocados, baby carrots, baby beans and broccoli.

The decision was is part of a trade deal made during bilateral talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his host Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

President Kenyatta said the lifting of the ban will help improve Kenya’s export and will greatly boost horticultural farmers in the country, especially women who are the majority in the sector.

At the same time, China on Sunday completed an inspection tour by two experts from the Chinese National Plant Protection Organisation who were hosted by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) for eight days as a prerequisite given by the country before it opens its market for Kenyan avocados.


But online Kenyans were not happy about the recent deal with Mauritius citing shortages of the prized fruit.

“Why export when local demand and supply is still wanting?” Sarati A. Richard wondered.

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“Ile drought iko huku jamani badala zipelekwe huko Kwanza…. We don’t have an oversupply of the produce in discussion,” Migwi Sam lamented.

“DP told us guys to diversify tukasema maize maize… sasa ona,” Cherotich Carren Kiki wrote.

“This ovacado thing kumbe was true! Maize farmers kwisha,” Buluma Godwin commented.

“Ati avocado? Mkipeleka wapi? Msijaribu,” Kenneth Makau warned.

“We don’t even have enough avocadoes in Kenya to feed the demand in the country,” Wachira Jackson commented.


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