Air hostess ‘falls to death from plane’ in Uganda
A flight attendant who fell from the emergency door of a parked aeroplane in Uganda’s Entebbe airport on Wednesday has died, AFP reports.
The woman died before the ambulance carrying her reached Kisubi hospital 16km (10 miles) away, AFP quotes hospital spokesman Francis Sekandi as saying.
“We received her from the Civil Aviation Authority in an ambulance, but she was already dead,” he said.
Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority said an investigation into the incident has been opened, AFP reports.
In a statement it said the Emirates flight attendant “appeared to have opened the emergency door” and unfortunately “fell off an aircraft that had safely landed and parked”.
Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper has also quoted unnamed sources as saying the woman appeared to have jumped intentionally from the plane.
AFP quotes a statement from Emirates airlines as saying: “A member of our cabin crew unfortunately fell from an open door while preparing the aircraft for boarding”.
The Dubai-based airline has promised its “full cooperation” with the investigation.