Lowcountry principal loses son-in-law in deadly Ethiopian plane crash

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LADSON, SC (WCBD) – A local principal has lost her son-in-law in the deadly plane crash in Ethiopia.

Wanda Williams, the principal of Pye Elementary School, lost her son-in-law, Antoine Lewis. He was one of 157 people who died in the crash.

His mother said on Facebook that he was on the flight to learn more about his heritage from a DNA test.

Lewis leaves behind a wife and 15-year-old son and 10-year-old stepson. 

Williams says Lewis brought her daughter adventure, enjoyed travel, and had a brilliant mind. The family sent News 2 a statement reading in part: 

“He wanted to live his  life to it’s fullest and was executing plans to tour Africa and reconnect with his roots.  His next adventure was to visit Egypt this coming summer.  Antoine was an accomplished Officer in the U.S. Army.  We pray that God rests his soul and gives us all in the Lewis, Lopez, Gadsden, and Williams’ families strength and peace of heart knowing that he died in pursuit of what brought him joy.”  

Wanda Gadsden Williams and Yalena Krystine Lopez-Lewis

Meantime, calls are now coming in from Congress for the FAA to order the grounding of all Boeing 737 max planes following that crash which crashed shortly after take-off.

A growing number of countries have banned the model from their airspace pending further investigation of the accident.

Some senators think the Federal Aviation Administration should order U.S. airlines to follow suit.

“Well, I think out of an abundance of caution – and frankly common sense – it makes sense to ground aircraft that’s been involved in two very tragic accidents in only 6 months,” said Sen. Mitt Romney. “The UK, Singapore, Australia have all taken action to ground the aircraft. It’s not that they have a specific area that is a flaw but just out of an abundance of recognition that this very serious.”

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Elizabeth Warren have also issued statements calling for the planes to be grounded.

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