Body found in BA aircraft

A body was found inside a British Airways passenger aircraft which landed at Heathrow. British Airways said the body was found inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 747 after it arrived at the London airport from Cape Town, South Africa.

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Body found in BA plane may be man who 'scaled airport fence'

The body of a man found inside a British Airways Boeing 747 aircraft may have been the same person who was spotted scaling the fence at Cape Town International Airport last night.

A British Airways Boeing 747 aircraft Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), the firm that runs the Cape Town airport, said it was carrying out an investigation after the intruder was seen running towards a BA flight preparing for take-off shortly after 8.40pm.

An ACSA spokeswoman said that "for safety reasons the security officer could not approach the aircraft," adding, "A search of the airfield was immediately conducted but the person was not found".

"Airports Company South Africa is concerned about the loss of life and thus views this incident in the utmost serious light. A full investigation will be undertaken," she said.

Police: 'Death being treated as non-suspicious'

The Metropolitan Police said the body was that of a man who was not a member of the jumbo jet's crew or a passenger on the flight.

Police were called at approximately 6.25am on Thursday August 23 to an incoming flight at Heathrow Airport following the discovery of a man's body.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. The man was pronounced dead at 7.07am.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious. Inquiries are ongoing to establish the man's identity.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

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Body found in British Airways plane at Heathrow

A body was found inside a British Airways passenger aircraft which landed at Heathrow today.

British Airways said the body was found inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 747 after it arrived at the London airport from Cape Town, South Africa.

A company spokesman said:

We are liaising with the South African authorities and Cape Town airport after a body was found in the landing gear bay of one of our aircraft.

They are investigating how this incident took place, which involved a Boeing 747 which arrived this morning from Cape Town.

This is a very rare and sad event and our thoughts are with the individual's family.

– British Airways spokesman
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