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Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday Musings - RIP Joanna Toole


I woke up yesterday morning, worried about the ongoing little things that are causing so much stress in my life right now.

Then I heard about the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that happened at about the same time I sat outside enjoying a coffee.

There were 157 people onboard, with no survivors reported, and the plane that went down was a new Boeing 737 Max-8; a plane I've flown in more than a dozens times in the last 18 months.

People from more than 30 nations, including Ireland, died on the flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya. One of the passengers was Joanna Toole, 36, from Exmouth in the U.K., according to the BBC news story.

Ms. Toole. who worked for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, was travelling to the UN Environment Assembly, when the plane went down only six minutes into its flight.

Her father, Adrian Toole, told Devon Live she was a "very soft and loving person" and had worked for international animal welfare organizations for the last 15 years.

"Everybody was very proud of her and the work she did, we're still in a state of shock," he said. "Joanna was genuinely one of those people who you never heard a bad word about."

There are 156 more stories are out there from people who lived in Ethiopia, Canada, Kenya, Italy, France, Slovakia, Germany and more...

Puts one's petty problems in stark perspective... Hug a loved one today (and everyday) and tell them you love them.


Misha Gerrick said...

I've been feeling quite sick since hearing about this. I've been working as a contractor for a big international development company and they have offices in Kenya and Ethiopia and the assembly sounds like something the company would be involved in in some way.

So I'm just hoping no one I knew was on the plane.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So tragic - so many lives cut short.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark - just desperate ...and they've named another scientist, who was due to speak in Nairobi ... she was an expert on plastics ... and the oceanic problem. Sounds like Boeing has a problem ... if it's the same as the recent Indonesian one ... I feel for the families and must be terribly worrying for so many. My thoughts - Hilary

CWMartin said...

Just seems so odd a plane so new could have a catastrophic failure like that. Good post.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My son flies all over too. I feel like I'm holding my breath every time he leaves the ground.

Tragedy does give us perspective, though the small stresses can lead to big problems. Take care, Twinny.

Jo said...

How very true Mark. A terrific tragedy. I cannot believe they are not grounding the planes officially until investigations have been made. Don't fly on another until you know, please.

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