A senior Kenya Airways pilot has paid a rare ultimate price for his heroic efforts to evacuate the stranded Kenyans from, New York City, which is hit by COVID-19.
Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati, who was taken ill on March 29, 2020, died on April 1, a week after performing his last international assignment.
Kenya Airways offered one way of a complimentary ticket to Kenyans stranded in New York and wished to return home. Captain Kibati was the one who took the Kenyans from New York to Nairobi before the government’s ban on international flights took effect last Wednesday.
New York City was put on lockdown on March 23, the same day the last KQ flight was departing from the John F Kennedy Airport. According to an anonymous source, Captain Kibati piloted the Dreamliner 787 in evacuating the Kenyans from the most ravaged city under very strict timelines.
The flight had to leave New York before the lockdown was announced by US President Donald Trump began and it had to land in Nairobi by March 25.
The 61-year-old pilot proceeded for self-quarantine at the Ole Sereni Hotel alongside his officer, the day he landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.