JOHANNESBURG, Feb 18– National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) has launched an investigation following the discovery of a body on board an SAA aircraft in the United States.
“A human body was found in the centre gear wheel well section of flight SA 207 which operated on Feb 12, 2014 from Johannesburg to Washington DC via Dakar in Senegal,” SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said Sunday.
The airline has initiated an internal investigation into the matter.
Tlali said once the plane arrived at the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, it was discovered that there was a fault with the landing gear of the Airbus A340-300 and the aircraft had to receive attention which led to SAA dispatching its engineers and technicians to the US to identify the cause and to fix the fault on the aircraft.
While they conducted tests on the aircraft, SAA engineers discovered a body in the centre wheel well.
“Neither the identity nor the nationality of the deceased has been determined,” said Tlali, adding that the national carrier will offer its full co-operation to US authorities in an effort to ensure that a thorough investigation into the incident is carried out as expeditiously as possible.
“We regret any loss of human life and are deeply concerned about the suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident and for that reason we have initiated an SAA internal investigation into the whole matter,” Tlali said.
Source: SA NEWS