Sep 01, 2020

Aeronautical engineer dies from Rat Fever after cleaning Skyline hangar Featured

An aeronautical engineer at the 'SkyLine' Aviation Training Academy had died from Leptospirosis (Rat Fever), reports say.

It is said he had fallen ill after cleaning the company aircraft hangar in Katukurunda.

After initially being treated at the Jayawardenapura hospital for two days, he was diagnosed with Leptospirosis. However, he had died two hours after being admitted to the ICU of the Colombo National Hospital.

His final rites were held yesterday (31).

Out of the three employees who were involved in the cleaning process, another worker has contracted Leptospirosis, reports add.

Human Leptospirosis is considered weakly contagious and reports say that Skyline Aviation is currently attempting to sweep the incident under the rug.

The company was allowed to re-commence operations recently after being shut down due to the Covid-19 epidemic and being investigated by the Civil Service Authority for operating uninsured aircraft.

Therefore, the company is said to be attempting to hush-up the Leptospirosis incident over fears of fresh issues emerging.

In 2017 July,  the Colombo high court handed a one year rigorous imprisonment suspended for 4 years to Skyline’s owner Kurukulasuriya Antony Romesh Fernando after he pleaded guilty in two cases, to having faked the signature of a shareholder Chamila Wickremanayake.

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