St. Cloud man among 157 killed in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash

The jet crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, March 10.
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Among the 157 people killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash Sunday morning was a 31-year-old St. Cloud resident. 

According to a GoFundMe in his name, Mucaad Hussein Abdalla was on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that went down shortly after takeoff on a flight from Ethiopa's capital city, Addis Ababa, bound for Nairobi, Kenya. 

"He is remembered for his kindness, compassion, cheerfulness and humor. He was smart, eloquent, poetic, hardworking and very enthusiastic about life," the fundraiser says of Abdalla, who commonly went by the name Siraaj. 

"We are devastated as his family about this tragic news. We are grieving as a community and are affected by this tragic accident that took his life."

The fundraiser's goal is to raise $15,000, noting that Abdalla provided financial support for his mother. 

According to the St. Cloud Times, Abdalla moved to St. Cloud in 2006 and graduated from Apollo High School in 2008. 

He had just spent some time in Morocco, the newspaper noted, and was planning to stay in Kenya for a short time before returning home to Minnesota.

The Boeing jet was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members. None survived, including eight passengers from the United States. 

Concern over Boeing MAX 8

The crash was the second in a matter of months involving the MAX 8 aircraft. The first happened under similar circumstances in October in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board. 

According to the New York Times, approximately 20 airlines around the world have grounded the 737 MAX 8, with more than 140 of the 350 or so new jets being halted from service. 

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are the only two U.S. carriers that employ the jet, and both say they will continue flying the aircraft, the New York Times says. 

American Airlines tells Bring Me The News that the jet isn't used in flights to or from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. 

Minnesota-based journalist David Montgomery landed safely at MSP on Monday on a Southwest Airlines flight, noting that departure was delayed three hours for a safety inspection for the 737 MAX 8 that was carrying him. 

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