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| 15 March, 2018

Emirates crew member 'falls off' from plane at Entebbe airport in Uganda

Exact cause of the incident is not yet clear and investigations are on

Image used for illustrative purpose.
Emirates Airlines aircrafts are seen at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates May 10, 2016.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Emirates Airlines aircrafts are seen at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates May 10, 2016.

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A crew member of Emirates due to depart Entebbe International Airport opened the emergency exit and fell off the plane, sustaining serous injuries.

The crew member was immediately taken to the hospital for life-threatening injuries.

The exact cause of the incident is not yet clear and investigations are on.

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Speaking to Khaleej Times, Emirates spokesperson said, "We can confirm that a member of our cabin crew unfortunately fell off from an open door while preparing the aircraft for boarding on flight EK729 from Entebbe on 14 March. The injured crew member was brought to the nearest hospital. We are providing all possible support and care for the affected crew, and will extend our full co-operation to the authorities in their investigation."

In a press statement, Civil Aviation Authority was quoted by Daily Nation saying that the crew " opened the emergency door and unfortunately fell off..." without explaining how.

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