Acsa: Measures in place to handle security breaches

2014-02-17 14:08
Johannesburg -  Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has confirmed it will assist South African Airways, where necessary, in the investigation of a dead body found in the wheel well of one of its planes over the weekend.

A ground crew assigned to the plane, an Airbus A340, found the body at about 1:30pm local time (18h30 GMT), according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Flight SA 207 arrived at Dulles in Virginia on Thursday morning from Johannesburg, South Africa, after a stop in Dakar, Senegal, according to airport authorities.
"We understand that SAA is investigating how the deceased gained access to its airline. Acsa will assist the airline as soon as their investigation is concluded – should there be a need especially given that the airline did stopover in Dakar," Acsa Spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said.

"Airports Company South Africa’s OR Tambo International would like to assure the public that the airport has measures in place to handle various security breaches within the airport."

Acsa declined a request to provide details in a bit to avoid compromising the airport's security.

"Our airport is highly regulated and we have audits conducted on a regular basis to ensure we are on par with the rest of the world," Batyashe-Fillis said

“SAA will offer its full co-operation to the US authorities and/or law enforcement agencies in an effort to ensure that a thorough investigation into this incident is carried out as expeditiously as possible,” SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said on Sunday.

The body has been turned over to the Fairfax County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The man's identity or nationality are not known.
 
In August 2012, a man who scaled the Cape Town International Airport fence was found dead inside the landing gear of a British Airways plane when it landed in London the next morning. Doctors believed he froze to death.

A month later, a North African stowaway fell from a plane into a car in the suburb of Mortlake, London. It was believed he froze to death, and fell out of the aircraft's landing gear.

(News24 Travel, Sapa)
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