Africa Loses First Airline Pilot to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 4, 2020


The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has claimed its first airline pilot in Africa - Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati, who died on 1 April, 2020.


Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati, a Kenya Airways pilot has died. He died on Wednesday, 1 April a few days after testing positive for COVID-19.


Captain Kibati was in charge of the last Kenya Airways flight from New York to Nairobi which evacuated Kenyans and non-Kenyans stranded in the United States of America on 24 March.


After returning from New York, he took ill on 29 March, and died on 1 April, just one week after performing his last international assignment. He paid the ultimate price for his heroic efforts to evacuate Kenyans.


Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati was laid to rest today in a ceremony attended by close family members. He was 61 years old and flew the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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