In Summary
  • In a statement on Saturday, Director-General Gilbert Kibe said the aerodrome control officer II "lost his life after jumping from the control tower in unclear circumstances".
  • It was not clear why the KCAA employee jumped to his death but the incident brought to the fore the subject of mental stability and disorders such as depression.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has confirmed that a staff member in Mombasa died after jumping from an airport control tower on Friday.

In a statement on Saturday, Director-General Gilbert Kibe said the aerodrome control officer IIk, identified as Vincent Kiprop Koech, "lost his life after jumping from the control tower in unclear circumstances".

The incident took place at Moi International Airport.

Mr Kibe said staff members would be given the opportunity to undergo counselling.

He added the employee's family had been informed of the incident and that authorities were carrying out investigations.

"The board and management stands with air control officers during this time, having lost a valuable member of the team," Mr Kibe said.

The man's family was not immediately available for comment on the matter.

ALARM

It was not clear exactly why the KCAA employee jumped to his death but the incident brought to the fore the subject of mental stability and disorders such as depression, where the result is suicide.

Last week, the Health ministry confirmed that a Kenyan doctor undergoing training in Cuba took his own life.

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