A PASSENGER on board the doomed Ethiopian Airlines plane appeared to have a premonition that it would crash.
Nigerian professor Pius Adesanmi left a cryptic message on Facebook at Addis Ababa Airport shortly before the plane took off on Sunday.
The aircraft that was bound for Nairobi, Kenya, went down minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.
Prof Adesanmi quoted from the Bible: “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me –Psalm 139:9-10.”
He was an English professor at the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada.
Prof Adesanmi was a popular figure who held Nigerian and Canadian dual nationality.
It has led some to wonder if he had a premonition that something was going to happen to the fight.
One wrote: “RIP Prof Pius Adesanmi. This was his last post before he boarded the ill-fated flight.
“He probably had the premonition of his death cause of the psalm he posted. Africa has lost a rare Gem. RIP Sir.”
Many others came forward on social media to highlight his final post and the psalm.
It is also reported that on his birthday in February he put up a post thanking people and also saying that he had survived a near-fatal car crash in 2018 which led him to believe that God had spared him for a purpose.
There were more than 30 nationalities on board the flight, including nine Britons, and it is not yet clear what caused the disaster.
The pilot reported difficulties and had asked to return to Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
“At this stage, we can’t rule out anything,” said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
“We can’t also attribute the cause to anything because we’ll have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”