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Sunday, February 8, 1998 Published at 13:48 GMT



UK

Body found in plane undercarriage
image: [ The body was found on a BA plane after a flight from Baku ]
The body was found on a BA plane after a flight from Baku

An investigation is underway at Gatwick Airport after the body of a stowaway was found in an aircraft undercarriage.

The man's body was found in the undercarriage bay of a British Airways plane after a flight from Baku, in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

A BA spokesperson said the aircraft involved was a BA 767 which flew into Gatwick on Saturday night.

However the body was not discovered until maintenance engineers checked over the plane on Sunday morning.

Sussex police say the body has been taken to a local mortuary.

The BA spokesperson said: "An investigation has been launched and the police have been notified. Obviously, we will be talking to the authorities in Baku."

The last scheduled BA arrival from Baku, flight number 2028, landed at Gatwick's north terminal at 11.01pm on Saturday.

It arrived following a 6hr 50min direct flight from Baku.

It is understood that the man would have had to endure sub-zero temperatures in the undercarriage for the length of the journey.

A 13-year-old boy died after stowing away on an aircraft that arrived in Britain from Kenya last year.








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