Kenya Airways 787 Pilot Dies Following United States Rescue Flight

Demonstrating the incredible level of risk airline employees put themselves in these days, the Kenya Airways pilot who flew the final flight from New York to Nairobi has now died of COVID-19. Captain Kimuyu Kabati passed away in Nairobi on April 1st due to exposure to the virus.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Management and the staff at Kenya Airways, we join the family of the late Captain Kibati in mourning their beloved one and pray that the Almighty God will strengthen them during this time of sorrow,” -Kenya Airways statement via Nairobi News

Flying the last flight from the United States

The announcement was made by the Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe yesterday. Evelyne Munyoki, the Chief Human Resources Officer said that Captain Kimuyu Kabati, who was a Boeing 787 captain, passed away on April 1st. Kabati was 63 years old.

Kabati flew the last Dreamliner flight from New York on Wednesday, March 25th. Kenya Airways’ New York-Nairobi service is relatively new, having only started in the fall of 2018. The final flight was very much directed towards repatriation efforts as the airline was offering free tickets to Kenyans needing to return home who could not afford the cost of the flight.
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