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Third passenger to die aboard KQ flight identified as Baringo Deputy Governor

By Hilary Kimuyu September 15th, 2022 2 min read

Kenya Airways on Wednesday evening announced the death of a passenger at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

According to the airline, the passenger later identified as Baringo County Deputy Governor Charles Kipng’ok died after experiencing breathing difficulties while boarding Flight KQ612.

The flight was set to depart for Mombasa at 1900 hours.

“The passenger was pronounced dead by medical personnel at JKIA while the aircraft was still on ground,” the airline said in a statement.

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The airline also said that JKIA Health and Security agencies tried to handle the issue to no avail.

This is the third death in about a month that the airline has reported. On September 1, KQ reported the death of a passenger on its Nairobi-New York flight.

On August 22, the aircraft KQ003 from New York to Nairobi was forced to make an emergency landing in Casablanca, where Moroccan medical workers attempted to help but discovered that the passenger, a Kenyan man, was already unresponsive.

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Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi has confirmed the sad news.

Speaking to the media at Lee Funeral home, Cheboi said they could not immediately confirm the cause of the death and also acknowledged Dr. Patrick Amoth, the acting Director General for Health in the Ministry of Health and also a passenger in the flight, as among the doctors who tried to resuscitate Kipng’ok but to no avail.

“It is a loss to us. We were just preparing to start the business of building our great county of Baringo,” Cheboi said.

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