An Emirates flight attendant died after tumbling from a plane’s emergency exit on the tarmac in Uganda.
The hostess, who was not named, died in hospital a day after the incident at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda on Wednesday afternoon.
Flight EK729 arrived in Entebbe about 2pm local time and was scheduled to head back to Dubai at 3.25pm, with passengers preparing to board.
The woman suffered serious head injuries that caused her death, with a gruesome photo showing her lying face down on the tarmac in a pool of blood.
Unnamed witnesses told local media she spoke with colleagues then held what looked like a glass bottle under her chin before jumping from the 60ft Boeing 777.
‘Her knees were shattered and her body cut with broken glass from the bottle she jumped with,’ one told the Daily Monitor.
Emirates said it was cooperating with the investigation, which is yet to officially determine the cause, and only referred to its employee falling from the door.
‘A member of our cabin crew unfortunately fell off from an open door while preparing the aircraft for boarding on flight EK729. The injured crew member was brought to the nearest hospital,’ it said.
Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority said it would investigate the incident, which in a very early statement on Wednesday also referred to as a fall.
‘A female member of the cabin crew appeared to have opened the emergency door and unfortunately fell off an Emirates aircraft that had safely landed and parked,’ it said.