Captain Alemayehu Abebe, Africa’s first pilot to fly 720 jet passed away at the age of 93, reported Voice of America Amharic Service.
He was ill for a few days.
According Ethiopian Airlines in flight magazine, Selamta, he flew first commercial aircraft in 1957 when he made his solo flight as captain. The magazine added :
- “Before coming to ET, Captain Alemayehu taught Colonel Semret Medhane in the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force. As the captain’s first student, Col. Semret claims that he taught Capt. Alemayehu how to teach. When they both came to ET, says Capt. Alemayehu with a laugh, “He came in as management, and my student became my boss.”
He is survived by six children and four grand children.
His funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm local time at Petros Wo Paulos church. The mass service will take place at Legehar Catholic Church, added the report by VOA Amharic, citing captain Alemayehu’s long time colleague, Colonel Araya Maru
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