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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 07:44 GMT 08:44 UK
Stowaway's body found in plane
Heathrow Airport
The flight from Uganda landed in Heathrow Airport
The body of a stowaway, believed to be of African origin, has been found in the undercarriage of a freight plane in Heathrow Airport.

Engineers found the body of the man when they checked the DAS Air Cargo flight after it landed at the airport at 0600 BST on Sunday said police.

He is thought to have frozen to death - temperatures in undercarriage bays can reach -40C at high altitude.

A spokesman for the west London airport said that Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into the death.

Busiest airport

It is believed that the flight originated in Entebbe, Uganda, stopping at Cairo, then the Belgian port of Ostend.

It is not known where the man stowed got on to the plane.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "We believe he is a stowaway. We are working to establish his identity."

Heathrow is the world's busiest international airport and the second busiest cargo port.


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