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Ugandan dies aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight to Entebbe

RIP: Yusuf Kulembera

RIP: Yusuf Kulembera

A Ugandan passenger aboard Ethiopian Airlines was confirmed dead on arrival at Entebbe International airport on Tuesday, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has said.

Ahmed Jjingo, a son to the deceased has identified him as Yusuf Kulembera. Vianney Luggya, the UCAA spokesperson says the passenger came on the Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET334 that landed at 1:47 pm on May 17.

Luggya says doctors from Kazuri Medical, a clinic based at the airport, confirmed that the passenger was dead on arrival. He says the family of the deceased thereafter proceeded with his body to a hospital for postmortem, which will help to establish the exact cause of death.

Sources at the airport staff including passenger and cargo handlers, say Kulembera died on board. "I heard an airline worker say that he died 20 minutes to landing but crew members ensured that other passengers did not notice what had happened," one source said.

Another source says medics and aviation security officers waited at the apron for the aircraft to park and off load Kulembera's body after other passengers had disembarked. Kulembera's son Ahmed Jjingo says he learnt about his father's demise from one of the travelers.

"I received a phone call from a man who claimed to be my father's friend. At the time, I was in Kampala and having lunch."

Jjingo says after speaking to the stranger for five minutes, he broke down in tears after he was told that his father had died thirty minutes before the aircraft landed at Entebbe.

He added, "I left immediately for the airport. When I reached at the airport, I found my father's body lying on a stretcher at the back of an ambulance. I boarded the ambulance and we went to the City mortuary in Mulago."

Jjingo says the postmortem report, issued on Wednesday May 18 indicates that his father died as a result of blood clots. Kulembera was returning from Saudi Arabia via Addis Ababa. It takes about four hours from Saudi Arabia to Addis Ababa and another two hours from Addis Ababa to Entebbe. 

Jjingo is devastated by the news, saying he had not seen his father since 2019.

"I had hoped to find him home on Tuesday but this didn't happen. It's unfortunate that I even don't know how many children my father has left," said Jjingo.

He says if all goes well, Kulembera will be buried today Thursday, May 19. Kulembera's home is in Nkumba Central village, Katabi Town Council. Daisy Aloyo, a resident of Entebbe Municipality, is a friend to Kulembera's family.

She says she heard about Kulembera's demise on Tuesday evening from one of his relatives who was waiting to welcome him at Entebbe airport.

"He had been abroad for three years and his relatives and friends were so excited that he had decided to come home," she says.

Aloyo adds, "he had planned to come back last year but he postponed because of the strict COVID-19 travel measures."

Jjingo says his father was working in the transport sector in Saudi Arabia. Benah Nanyonjo, a Ugandan working in Saudi Arabia says Kulembera was a good friend and a good driver.

Comments

+4 #1 kasede 2022-05-19 11:19
"Died of blood clots" - that reminds me of the CAUSES of other similar deaths before that.

WHAT IS REALING HAPPENING? Let's be serious on this issue.
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0 #2 Akao 2022-05-19 20:34
Quoting kasede:
"Died of blood clots" - that reminds me of the CAUSES of other similar deaths before that.

WHAT IS REALING HAPPENING? Let's be serious on this issue.


Flying is one of the risk factors of getting blood clot. Blood flow is slowed down because of the prolonged sitting, and if someone has "thick blood" it can easily leads to clot.

Other factors include smoking, recent fracture. Ugandans are always stuck in one narrative, and they don't want to look at things from different perspectives, but unfortunately these things happen.

People should always try to move, get up, stretch their legs during long flights.

But the other thing is, most Ugandans, don't visit health care until they are sick, so no preventative health or knowing ones' risk before it's too late. Most people will end up believing that this man was poisoned, hence, no one learn anything new from this incident
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+1 #3 kasede 2022-05-20 00:00
Quoting Akao:
Quoting kasede:
"Died of blood clots" - that reminds me of the CAUSES of other similar deaths before that.

WHAT IS REALING HAPPENING? Let's be serious on this issue.


Flying is one of the risk factors of getting blood clot.


My Dear, I am aware that Airline aeroplanes are MANDATED (by internation law) to be apporopriately presurized.

Give us better scientific reason for blood clotting risk in flights. Why do pilots survive and keep flying till their retirement age? [by the way, pilots do their job while seated], Further, why is it that Ugandan passangers die more frequently while on schedulled flights?
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0 #4 Akao 2022-05-20 17:13
Quoting kasede:


Give us better scientific reason for blood clotting risk in flights. Why do pilots survive and keep flying till their retirement age? [by the way, pilots do their job while seated], Further, why is it that Ugandan passangers die more frequently while on schedulled flights?


Kasede, did you hear about a man with no training who landed a plane in Florida last week when the pilot suddenly got sick.

Pilots get periodical medical checks, I don't know about Ugandans pilots, but in other countries, even truck drivers need to pass medical examinations before they can get their licences approved by govt, as well as on renewal.

Ugandans don't know their risks that's the reason if true is why they die more on flights. Again one narrative/belief, that is being lazy and not using one's brain to think critically!
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