South Africa: Probe underway into British Airways stowaways

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –  The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) on Friday confirmed that two unidentified stowaways managed to get board a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to London.

One of the men died enroute while the other is in a critical condition in a West London hospital.

ACSA spokesperson Colin Naidoo said the SA Police Services is also investigating the security breach.

It appears one of the men died after falling onto the roof of a London shop while the other was discovered suffering from severe hypothermia in the undercarriage of the aircraft after it had landed.

Aviation experts say the stowaways would have been exposed to temperatures between -40 and -50ºC while the aircraft was at cruising altitude.

Three years ago, a man who scaled the Cape Town International Airport fence was found dead inside the landing gear of a British Airways plane at Heathrow.

And last year, another man was found dead on a South African Airways plane when it landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington. The aircraft had flown from Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal.
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19 june 2015 12:33:45

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