This is a tragic time, as are all plane crashes when they happen. This time, it has happened to Kenya Airways (KQ), an airline with an exemplary safety level.
I flew on KQ this week and will gladly fly with them tomorrow or any other day. It is an unpleasant fact of life that anything could happen to me - the next time I get into a car, light a match, walk onto a sports field, step into a bathtub, enter a building, or board a plane.
The question of air crashes in Africa should not arise - they happen all around the world. Yes, there are bad airlines, but it is not an African thing. Poorly run airlines do not last for very long as passengers avoid them (unless they have no alternative) and authorities (should) step in and shut them down. The (unfortunate) passenger list produced by KQ is an endorsement of the high regard that other nations have for the airline.
Plane crashes should never happen and when they do, one plane crash should not be a matter of concern. It is only when an airline, or airport, or country has a series of avoidable crashes that the aviation world and public take notice and realize that’s something is wrong. In 2006, questions were asked about Nigeria and Indonesia) - and often old aircraft or unsafe regions are factors. The 737-800 was the newest aircraft at the airline which has continually upgraded its fleet to meet the highest standards of service and safety.
KQ should keep on flying high and remain the Pride of Africa