Stowaway death tragic - Acsa

2015-06-19 13:31


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Johannesburg - Airports Company of SA officials are working closely with the SA Police Service to investigate how two stowaways managed to get onto a British Airways flight.

“As this is a very serious, Airports Company South Africa is working closely with the South African Police Services to fully investigate the matter and establish the facts relating to the incident,” said Acsa spokesperson Colin Naidoo.

“We can establish that the authorities in London are currently investigating the matter and making efforts to establish the identity of the stowaways and it is believed that one of the stowaways is a male aged between 25 and 30 years and is at a West London hospital in a serious condition.”  

Naidoo said it was working with the police because it was a "criminal matter".

"It's tragic. We will thoroughly investigate the facts and reasons," he told News24.

This comes after it was reported that one man had died after falling onto the roof of a shop in West London from a BA flight from Johannesburg to London, SkyNews earlier reported. The second man miraculously survived and is in a London hospital.

The second man was found unconscious on the plane after it had landed.

UK authorities were still trying to establish the identities of the two suspected stowaways.

Broadcaster eNCA, quoting their London correspondent, said a statement was expected to be released out of the UK later on Friday on the identities of the men.

The Guardian quoted on its website a Scotland Yard spokesperson as saying that UK police was called at 09:35 on Thursday 18 June to Kew Road, Richmond, to reports of a body discovered.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of a dead man on the roof of a business premises. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

The survivor has been taken to a west London hospital and is in a serious condition.

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