Kenya Airways Announce Second Death On Board

Kenya Airways announce a second onboard death, as a passenger who was onboard one of their flights from Kenya to New York to Nairobi died. This unfortunate incident comes only 9 days after the airline had confirmed another onboard death of a passenger who was also on a Nairobi – New York flight on August 22nd.

What happened on the Kenya Airways flight?

On Friday, the airline released a statement that explained that the passenger who was aboard KQ002 Kenya Airways flight died on September 2nd, 2022 at 6:30 am. The flight departed from Nairobi on September 1st, 2022 at 11:55 pm. According to Kenya Airways, the individual was found unresponsive mid-flight on the vessel and was later pronounced dead after test results.  The airline, also known as KQ, has shared its utmost concerns and condolences to both the passenger’s family and those who were on board the tragic flight.

“We convey our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and sincerely apologise to our other guests for the inconvenience.”

Second Time Running

This is not the first time that the airline has been in the firing line, as just under two weeks ago another onboard death was announced. The departed, named Peterson Njuguna Mwangi, was similarly on board a Nairobi – New York flight when he suddenly became breathless. The flight was more than 7 hours in before the passenger began experiencing fatal breathing difficulties. In an attempt to save his life, the medical team was forced to divert the flight destination from Jowo Kenyatta International Airport to Morocco so that he could be medically attended to immediately, though sadly this was unsuccessful.

Though both of these deaths seem to be coincidental, it is hard to ignore how close in time these incidents were. The questions that remain unanswered are: is Kenya Airways at fault at all in either of these situations? And most importantly, will the airline be able to survive through this difficult time? Our condolences go to both of the departed friends and families.

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  1. The body was placed in row 34 right next to us for the remaining 10 hours. Only covered by a blanket. The lady was not isolated from other passengers from any smells or contamination. We feel very sad for the family but feel that Kenya airlines should of taken her to an isolated place in the cabin away from all passengers. We could not eat and I had to cover my face with the provided blankets. The plane had plenty of time to turn around as it was hot half way to destination, they chose to strap the passenger in row 34 next to us but also next to young children.

    We are very upset and worried as to what the passenger died from and want answers.

  2. We also sat really close to the body and have since been experiencing traumatizing effects .The airline was negligent with the rest of us aboard and personally will never use this airline I recommend it gets shut down until they learn how to take care of condolences to the family

  3. I was on that first flight from NYC to Nairobi. Absolute nightmare. They turned the plane around and we sat in Casablanca for 6 hours. It was the middle of the night so we were not allowed off the plane and they told us nothing except that there was a medical emergency.
    Sad for the passenger and his family of course.
    Meanwhile I’m trying to get documentation for the insurance company for weeks from them and they keep stalling.
    Terrible airline.


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