Monday, 6 January 2014
Human body parts ‘fall from sky’ in Saudi
sky in the city of Jeddah Sunday, with police
saying they could be the remains of a person
trapped in an airplane's wheel bay.
"Police received a telephone call at 2:30 am from
a witness reporting the fall of human remains at
an intersection in Mushrefa neighbourhood" in the
Red Sea city, spokesman Nawaf bin Naser al-Bouq
said in a statement.
Initial indications were that the remains "fell from
a plan's landing gear," said Bouq, adding that
investigations were ongoing.
In a desperate attempt to cross borders, some
people at poorly monitored airports climb inside
the bays holding the landing gear of planes. Most
of them freeze to death once the aircraft reach
cruising altitude, but some survive.
In 2010, the head of Beirut's airport security
resigned after the death of a man who managed
to sneak onto a runway undetected and hide in
the wheel bay of a Saudi-bound jet.
The man's body was found by a maintenance
worker in Riyadh who was inspecting the landing
gear of the Saudi-owned Nas Air Airbus 320 after it
touched down there.