In Namibia, a special needs passenger assistance unit (PAU) collapsed while de-boarding passengers required assistance at Windhoek Airport in Namibia on 13 December 2019.
An Air Namibia Airbus A319-100 on flight SW-708 from Cape Town (South Africa) to Windhoek (Namibia), had safely landed in Windhoek and taxied to the terminal.
While de-boarding special need passengers, the PAU tipped backwards and collapsed.
Six passengers and two ground staff were injured and taken to a local private hospital.
The airline reported three passengers were discharged from hospital after checks and treatment, three were admitted. The ground staff was discharged, too, and are on sick leave.
A factory welded joint was found broken in the initial investigation into the cause of the accident. The PAU had received a full service just the prior month.