South Sudanese trainee pilot killed in propeller accident in Kenya
A South Sudanese trainee pilot died in Kenyan coastal town of Malindi on Thursday after she was hit by the propeller of an aircraft she had just landed.
Nyipalla Peter Lau, 20, bled heavily following the accident near the Malindi airstrip, and died at Tawfiq hospital.
A source at the airport, who did not want to be named, said: “If the management could have intervened had there been proper measures.”
Malindi Airport CID boss Jafred Mateche said a report on the accident will be released once investigations are completed. He said the body was airlifted to Nairobi.
According to the family source, on Thursday was her last day of her graduation with a certificate in piloting.
“Her body will be soon brought back to South Sudan and will be laid to rest in family home town of Mapel,” a member of the funeral organizing committee told online publication Sudan Tribune on Friday.
“It is a great sadness to us as the whole family to lose such a fruitful young daughter to such a tragic accident,” he said.
Plane that killed Nyiwalla with blood on it.