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CAPTAIN RUTH KARAURI : Powerful story of how she became a pilot

The story of Captain Ruth Karauri is a cocktail of sheer determination and luck. Captain Ruth Karauri is married to sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri.  The pilot who works for Kenyatta Airways (KQ) has become an online sensation after she expertly landed a plate at Heathrow Airport against the raging storm.

photo of Captain Ruth Karauri

Ruth grew wanting to be a pilot. Her desire was not catalyzed by the beautiful uniform with badges captains worm. Her desire to become pilot became more intense when she saw a KQ advert in one of the local television. All this while, she knew her dream was abstract considering the high charges for aviation courses.

Captain Ruth Karauri journey to piloting

When she completed form four, she was placed to do an engineering course in one of the local university. Her dream of becoming a pilot was almost fading away when a KQ advert restored her hope. The giant airline was looking for Ab initio pilots. This is where airlines sponsor people with little or no experience and later absorb them.

Without wasting time, Ruth made application. Over 3000 applicants turned up for the interview. Her hope became dim when she realized she was competing with people, some of who had done courses in engineering and courses in aviation.

A month later, she luckily emerged among the 250 successful candidates for the next interview. In this stage, interviewees were  supposed to sit for normal exams like geography and mathematics. She was among the 60 candidates selected for interview stage 4

After the four sets of interview, Ruth Karauri was among the 15 successful applicants selected for the training in Addis Ababa. However, Ruth regretfully revealed she had to use bribe to acquire the passport.

In one instance, Ruth recalls how a fellow trainer teased that she could not know how to fly plane because she did not know how to ride bicycle. The statement gave Ruth a push to prove her wrong.

After the training, Ruth was absorbed by the KQ airline. Ever since, she has risen to the level of a captain of Boeing 737.

The brave pilot has attributed her expertly landing in Hearthrow to rigorous training she received at Kenya airways.

source: public news kenya

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