Mys­tery stowaway ‘dead for days’

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

HARARE — Zim­bab­wean of­fi­cials say they be­lieve the mys­tery stowaway found on the US freighter plane which sought an emer­gency land­ing in Harare had been dead for four days.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials, the body was de­com­posed when it fell out of the plane at Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port last week.the plane was im­pounded af­ter it landed for re­fu­elling and Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Zim­babwe staff no­ticed blood on the air­craft.

It had R60 bil­lion in notes on board which were printed in Ger­many. The freight weighed 57 tons. The MD-11 tri­jet cargo plane was packed with R100, R50, R20 and R10 de­nom­i­na­tions printed in Mu­nich, Ger­many, for the South African Re­serve Bank (Sarb).se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba told state me­dia that the plane was re­leased early on Satur­day.

“There were no ex­ter­nal or in­ter­nal in­juries to the body, which means that there was no like­li­hood of foul play or mur­der.the fact that he had no in­ter­nal or ex­ter­nal in­juries also shows that he got on the plane alive but later died of as­phyxia,” she said.

She said the Zim­bab­wean po­lice had sent a no­tice to In­ter­pol to trace the stowaway’s na­tion­al­ity. The stowaway had un­kempt hair, a dirty T-shirt, trousers held up by a piece of cloth im­pro­vised as a belt, and worn out slip­pers.the air­craft crew re­quested land­ing in Zim­babwe af­ter they had failed to se­cure land­ing in­struc­tions at King Shaka Air­port in Dur­ban from their com­pany.

The cargo plane’s itin­er­ary in­di­cates that its orig­i­nal de­par­ture place was Liege, Bel­gium, on Fe­bru­ary 11, and it made a stopover in Abid­jan, Ivory Coast, on the same day. On Fe­bru­ary 12, it stopped in Abuja, Nige­ria, and Entebbe, Uganda. On Fe­bru­ary 13, it stopped in Liege, Bel­gium, and later Mu­nich, Ger­many, where they picked up their con­sign­ment.

The plane crew — two Amer­i­cans, a Pak­istani and a South African — spent the past week at a five-star ho­tel in the city cen­tre while SARB of­fi­cials were “sleep­ing on the plane” as Zim­bab­wean se­cu­rity agents stood guard out­side.— IOL

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