Scotland Yard roped in to assist in stowaway probe

Authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the two men who hid in a plane to London.

FILE: A British Airways’ A380 flying over Cape Town. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - British Airways local spokesperson says Scotland Yard is involved in the investigation into the two men who hid in the undercarriage of one of its national carrier's jumbo jets at OR Tambo International Airport.

British authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the men and say details of the probe cannot yet be revealed.

One man reportedly plunged to his deat h and the other, aged 24, is in a critical condition in a London hospital after he survived sub-zero temperatures in the plane's wheel well during a flight from Johannesburg to London last week.

At the same time aviation experts are astounded at the two men's daring journey to get to the UK.

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They say it's a miracle the 24-year-old man survived the more than 10-hour flight to London in the plane's wheel well in temperatures that plummeted to as low as -50 degrees.

The body of a second man believed to have fallen from the plane's undercarriage was discovered along the Heathrow flight path.

A post-mortem of the suspect will be conducted on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) said it's working together with police and British authorities to establish the facts.

Authorities are hoping the suspect who survived will be able to provide insight into the reasons behind the drastic measure to leave South Africa.

Meanwhile, the Acsa has tightened security at the international airport.

Acsa said while it is unclear how the two managed to get on the flight and it believes the matter is a security concern.

Acsa spokesperson Collin Naidoo said, "As Acsa we regret the loss of life associated with this tragic incident and due to this death security measures in and around the airport have been heightened."

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