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SixNRIs of One Gujarati Family from Toronto killed in Ethiopian plane crash

Los Angeles, March 11, 2019 A.Gary Singh

The six NRI Canadian family members of Gujarati background - Prerit Dixit 43, his wife Kosha, 37, their daughters Ashka, 15, Anushka, 13 and Kosha's parents Hansini, 60 and Pannagesh Vaidya, 65, were among those 157 people killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday six minutes after taking off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

All NRI six family members were travelling from Addis Ababa to Nairobi to meet their friends in Mombasa in Kenya.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was quoted as saying by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation- While the Surat-based Vaidya couple were Indian nationals, their daughter, husband and two children were Canadians of Indian-origin.

The flags at city hall will remain at half-mast until further notice in honour of the family, Brown said in a message on Twitter.
Kosha became a Canadian permanent resident in 2003, wanted to take her children to Kenya to visit her birthplace. The family was heading to a safari park in Kenya for a "trip of a lifetime".

The Indian Embassy in Kenya will also support. They have assured that their bodies will be brought back as soon as possible,"

All the 149 passengers and eight crew members from 35 countries, including India, who were on flight ET302, a Boeing 737 Max 8, from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya were killed in the crash. A similar incident occured five months ago in October 2018, when a 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, killing 189 on board.