Local man on doomed flight

A Vernon man who recently immigrated to Canada was among the victims of Sunday's deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The crash claimed the lives of all 157 on board, shortly after the Boeing 737 Max 8 took off from Addis Ababa.

Chunming "Jack" Wang, 47, was headed to Nairobi for his final paperwork to complete the immigration process, CTV News reports.

Wang owned Big O Tires in Vernon since 2015 and had moved his family from China, in hopes of giving his two daughters a better education.

His daughter Allison, 18, visited the crash site this week. 

“It’s terrible. It’s horrible. Actually, it’s like hell,” Allison told CTV’s Paul Workman in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

She said the final step for the family to become permanent Canadian residents was for her father to travel to Kenya, where he once lived, and bring back a criminal background check. 

Big O manager Garnet Willett said Wang "was a great guy, very smart.... We had fun, lots of fun working together."

The Wangs will now likely have to apply for permanent residency based on humanitarian or compassionate grounds.

“I’m still waiting for them to give me an answer back,” Allison said of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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