On Sunday March 10th our junior systems engineer, Bennett Riffel, was on board Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. He and his brother Melvin were both on the flight. They were taking a month-long “trip of a lifetime”, touring the world from Australia to Egypt before Mel’s daughter was to be born in May.

Bennett came to work with us at VistaNet in December of 2012 as a purchase manager and receiving clerk. He was only 20 years old, but fell into the position easily and excelled in it remarkably fast. After about a year, he decided he would rather be a member of our technical staff and was moved into a junior systems engineer role where he was rising quickly to the ranks of a mid-level engineer. His customer support skills were amazing and he was a sponge for new information. Always eager to learn and experience anything and everything he could.

We’ve created this page as a memorial to him. It is our way of paying tribute to a young man, full of life and talent, who was tragically taken away from us horribly too soon.

We will forever cherish the time we had with him and the impact he had on all of our lives.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

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