Aviation authority joins stowaway probe

The SACAA will join an investigation into the death of a stowaway from a Cape Town airport.

The SACAA will join an investigation into the death of a stowaway from the Cape International Airport. Picture: stock.xchng

CAPE TOWN - Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) on Thursday said the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) would join an investigation into the death of a stowaway.

The body of an unidentified man was found in August, in the landing gear of a British Airways flight at Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom.

The aircraft had departed from the Cape Town International Airport, where Gauteng police say he jumped security gates.

Acsa, British Airways and London police are investigating the incident.

Acsa spokesperson Deidre Davids said: "On conclusion of the investigation, the report will be given to the [SACAA to take further]."

In a separate incident, the body of a suspected stowaway plummeted to the ground from an incoming flight to London last week.

Police believe the man is Angolan, after Kwanza notes were found in his possession.

His body was discovered on Sunday, on a residential street in Mortlake, west of London.