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27 JULY 2019: NAIROBI, KENYA

Stephen Mukangi, a General Service Unit officer, was shot and killed whilst manning the watchtower at Wilson Airport. Samson Morongo Nesco, who manned the watchtower with Mukangi, was later charged with his murder. Morongo had claimed that he and Mukangi were approached by two men dressed as police officers who asked for assistance as their…

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26 JULY 2019: LUNGI, SIERRA LEONE

Ernest Bai Koroma, former President of Sierra Leone, was allegedly humiliated by staff at Freetown International Airport. Koroma’s privileges were restricted as he was denied access to the presidential lounge and VIP lounge by staff who stated they were following orders “from above.” He was directed to the public area of the airport to have…

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26 JULY 2019: LANTAU, HONG KONG

Hundreds of protestors, including employees of the aviation industry, conducted a sit-in in the arrival’s hall at Hong Kong airport. Protestors objected the Hong Kong extradition bill. Fliers, designed to look like tourist guides, with information about the protests in multiple languages were handed out to increase awareness to those arriving in Hong Kong.

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25 JULY 2019: MADAGASCAR

Alana Cutland, 19, opened a light aircraft’s door whilst it was at 5,000ft and then seemingly jumped to her death. Cutland, a student at Cambridge University, was in Madagascar on a natural sciences internship. Cutland’s parents had hired the aircraft and sent a family friend, Ruth Johnson, 51, to Madagascar to bring Cutland home as…

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20 JULY 2019: LAGOS, NIGERIA

A man attempted to stowaway on an Azman Air flight that was due to take-off to Port Harcourt. The man emerged from a bush, walked under the aircraft whilst it was taxiing and placed his bag into the engine. The pilot turned off the engine, so it would not pull the man in. The stowaway…

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18 JULY 2019: DANVERS, MASSACHUSETTS

Richard Vaux, a TWA pilot, passed away from congestive heart failure aged 85. In June 1985, TWA flight 847 had been hijacked by Hezbollah shortly after take-off from Athens. Weeks after the hijacking had ended, in August 1985, Vaux and two crew members travelled to Beirut to retrieve the vandalised aircraft but, before take-off, militia…