|Born||1988 (age 26–27)
|Alma mater||Soroti Flying School
(Private Pilot's License)
Flight School in Florida
(Professional Pilot's License)
|Years active||2012 — present|
Esther Mbabazi is a professional commercial airline pilot in Rwanda, the fourth-largest economy in the East African Community. She is the first female in Rwanda to become certified as a commercial airline pilot. She flies for RwandAir, the national airline of Rwanda.
Background and education
She was born in Burundi circa 1988, to Rwandese parents. He father was a pastor and the family moved around a lot. He mother was a housewife. When Ester was about eight years, her father died in an airplane accident when the aircraft he was travelling in overshot the runway while landing and crashed, in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her family fled Rwanda before the 1994 genocide. The family moved back to Rwanda in 1996. She trained at the Soroti Flying School in Uganda, before RwandAir sponsored her to continue her training in Miami, Florida.
On completion of her studies in the United States, Esther Mbabazi was hired by RwandAir to fly as a co-pilot on the Boeing 737 and on the CRJ900, beginning in 2012, when she was 24 years old.
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