An Indian-Canadian family lost three generations on the Ethiopian plane crash
By Barfi Culture Team
13th March 2019

On Sunday, when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed and killed all 157 people on board, the news came as a particular shock to the city of Brampton, Toronto.

Kosha Vaidya had wanted to take her two daughters, Ashka (14 years old) and Anushka (13 years) to Kenya to show them where she was born. She took her husband, 45-year-old Prerit Dixit, and her parents, 73-year-old Pannagesh Vaidya and 67-year-old Hansini Vaidya, with her.

But none of them made it to Kenya.

The family lived in Toronto and the local community is still shell-shocked. On Sunday the Mayor of Brampton ordered that flags at city hall be lowered to half-mast in remembrance of the family. Flags were also lowered at the schools where the girls had been studying.

"I am not angry, but I am devastated. I have lost everyone," said 41-year-old Manant Vaidya, whose sister had organised the trip for the family.

"I last saw them on Saturday morning when I dropped them off at the airport," he added.

Prerit Dixit was a hard-working father who worked seven days a week across two jobs, when he first came to Canada in the 1990s.

Kosha Vaidya loved to travel and worked at the HR department at the Canadian Hearing Society, which provides services for deaf people. she joined her husband in Canada in 2003 and they had both settled there since.

The family said their two daughters were both talented, with a passion for singing and classical Indian dance. Anushka also wanted to grow up to be a robotics engineer.

The crash was painful for Toronto's large Ethiopian community too, many of whom are now demanding answers. Canada has also banned the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet airplanes, following other countries, until a cause can be determined.

Meanwhile, the Vaidya family are now planning to go to the crash site to recover the remains to give a proper Hindu burial to lost family members.

A fundraiser has also been set up for the family be friends.

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