U.S.

Body Found In Wheel Well Of Plane At Dulles Airport

Authorities discovered an unidentified mail body inside the wheel well of a South African Airways plane parked at Dulles International Airport.

Body Found In Wheel Well Of Plane At Dulles Airport
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An unidentified man's body was discovered Saturday in the wheel well of a plane parked at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

"Police tell us this was a South African Airways jet that was parked now in a remote part of the airport. Grounds crews found the body this afternoon." (Via  NewsChannel 8)

Airport authorities say the male body was recovered from the landing gear of an Airbus A340 belonging to South African Airways. The flight arrived in Dulles Wednesday. (Via WUSA)

According to South African Airways, the plane initially departed from Johannesburg and made one stop in Dakar, Senegal before arriving in the U.S. It's still unclear when the body got into the wheel well of the plane. (Via WRC-TV)

In a statement reprinted in the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for South African Airways said, ​​"We regret any loss of human life and are deeply concerned about the suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident."

Authorities say the discovery of the body did not disrupt the airport's normal operation. The Fairfax County medical examiner's office is currently investigating the incident.