Preliminary investigations into the death of a cabin crew member who jumped from an aircraft at Entebbe International Airport recently indicates that she committed suicide.
Elena Vassileva, 46, a Bulgarian National, was part of the Emirates crew as flight EK730 was preparing to fly to Dubai from Entebbe. But she fell from the emergency exit door of the plane sustaining life-threatening injuries. and died on arrival to Our Lady of Consolata Kisubi Hospital, in the outskirts of Entebbe.
Initial reports indicated that Vassileva had a verbal exchange with her colleagues on the plane which had just landed at Entebbe on a flight from Dubai. It was also reported that she deliberately opened the door with a glass under her throat.
The Fly Emirates security team together with Aviation police immediately began investigations into what exactly led to the fall. Basing on video evidence extracted from the plane, Vassileva moved to the emergency exit door as passengers were preparing to board and deliberately jumped out.
Other cabin crew members who have also been questioned corroborated the video footage.
Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima says that based on the information at hand; It is very likely that suicide was Vassileva’s the reason for jumping.
“We have looked at it from every angle but what we have now is that she most likely committed suicide,” Kayima said. She had the means. Having worked as a cabin crew member for two decades, she knew what to do and what its implication would be, “he added.
Body tissue samples have already been extracted for a toxicology analysis to determine the chemical contents of her body at the time of death.
While her body is still in Uganda, Emirates Airlines is in contact with the Family to plan a decent sendoff for her.