Story of Jared and Mercy who were killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash, leaving behind a baby daughter
Published on: March 11, 2020 09:31 (EAT)
Frustrated by incompetence and corruption in his native Kenya, Jared Babu, a 28-year-old activist and entrepreneur, set up a program to train high school students about leadership. When he and his young wife Mercy were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash a year ago, leaving a baby daughter, it looked like his dreams might die with him. But like other victims’ families who have founded charities or taken other measures to honors them, Jared’s family also wants to ensure his vision lives on. “If you don’t teach integrity, the consequences are catastrophic,” said his dad Joshua Babu in a leafy backyard of their home in a Nairobi suburb. Jared’s daughter Emmy – now two – clambered over family members before pointing at a big photo of her parents and saying “mama” and “daddy”. Jared’s parents blame his death on a failure of leadership by U.S. aviation giant Boeing and U.S. authorities, who failed to ground the plane after a similar crash in Indonesia five months earlier. On Friday, U.S. lawmakers released preliminary findings into the two crashes faulting the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the plane and Boeing’s design. And on Monday, an interim report by Ethiopia’s government said a faulty sensor reading and the activation of an anti-stall system preceded the crash, which killed 157 people. Boeing did not immediately comment on the report. Last week, however, David Calhoun, Boeing’s new chief executive, told The New York Times there were “weaknesses in our leadership” but also raised questions over the pilots’ abilities in both crashes.