Body found in BA jet

By sizemore Last edited 142 months ago
Body found in BA jet

Lots of international papers are picking up the story of a body found in the landing gear of a BA flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles:

A pilot discovered the body of the young man in the front right wheel well of the 747-400 during a routine inspection shortly before it was to return to London, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.

The FBI determined the stowaway likely died in the wheel well, Castles said. Autopsy results won't be available until later this week. Authorities had not identified the victim late Sunday.

The aircraft, British Airways Flight 283, had arrived from London Heathrow Airport at 3:15 p.m. and was scheduled to depart at 5:20 p.m. The airline notified officials of the discovery just before 4:30 p.m., Castles said.

Investigators were trying to determine where the stowaway boarded the plane.

"These aircraft don't go on a fixed route," said Alan Proud, a spokesman for British Airways. "It would have been somewhere else in world before that. That's part of the investigation, to look at where the aircraft had been before."

So there seems to be a chance that the corpse was on board for more than one flight...

Last Updated 29 January 2007