Emirates crew member dies after fall from plane in Uganda

Emirates Airlines

An Emirates crew member has died after falling out of an emergency door of an aircraft parked at Uganda’s Entebbe airport, a hospital official said.

The woman’s nationality has still not been revealed to the media.

Her death was confirmed by Edward Zabonna, spokesman for the Kisubi hospital where the female crew member was taken for emergency treatment following the fall on Wednesday.

“We received her from the Civil Aviation Authority in an ambulance, but she was already dead,” Zabonna said late Thursday.

Reports say the Emirates Airline crew member was preparing the flight for boarding when the incident happened.

Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority has opened an investigation into the incident.

“A female member of the crew appeared to have opened the emergency door and unfortunately fell off an Emirates aircraft that had safely landed and parked,” it said in a statement.

An eye witness, Isaac Seremba, who works at the airport, described the fall as an apparent “suicide” attempt.

Emirates Airlines has promised its “full cooperation” with the investigation.


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