Emirates crew member dies after fall from parked Boeing 777 in Uganda

The Emirates flight attendant was hospitalized in Uganda after falling out of an open emergency door on a Boeing 777 that was parked on the tarmac. (Courtesy Emirates)
Updated 16 March 2018
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Emirates crew member dies after fall from parked Boeing 777 in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda: 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.
Francis Sekandi, spokesman for the Kisubi hospital where the female crew member was taken for emergency treatment following the fall on Wednesday, confirmed her death.
“We received her from the Civil Aviation Authority in an ambulance, but she was already dead,” Sekandi said late Thursday.
Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority said an investigation into the incident has been opened.
“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.
One witness, Isaac Seremba, who works at the airport, described the fall from one of the stationary plane’s emergency exits as an apparent “suicide” attempt.
Local newspaper The Daily Monitor also cited unnamed sources as saying the woman appeared to have jumped intentionally from the plane.
Emirates meanwhile said “a member of our cabin crew unfortunately fell from an open door while preparing the aircraft for boarding.”
The airline promised to “extend our full cooperation to the authorities in their investigation,” the Dubai-based carrier said in a statement.


Former Miss Universe to be first Filipina to get Madame Tussauds statue

Updated 24 September 2018
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Former Miss Universe to be first Filipina to get Madame Tussauds statue

Former Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, will become the first Filipina to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

“When I found out, I was so excited. I couldn't believe it! In my head, this is something that only happens to big stars,” Wurtzbach told Philippines local daily, Rappler.

The statue will be unveiled in early 2019.

Madame Tussauds first opened in London and has since opened several museums all over the world, housing wax figures of prominent historical figures and contemporary celebrities.