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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147890
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Date:23-AUG-2012
Time:06:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-436
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-BNLU
C/n / msn: 25406/895
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:London Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cape Town, South Africa (CPT/FACT)
Destination airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Narrative:
A body was discovered in the wheel bay of Boeing 747-436 G-BNLU this morning when it arrived into London Heathrow as Flight BA58 from Cape Town. It is understood that a man was spotted scaling the perimeter fence at Cape Town and approaching the aircraft as it prepared for departure. A search was made of the airfield but not of the aircraft. G-BNLU was released to traffic later and operated BA285 London Heathrow San Francisco.

The airline said the unidentified man's body was found in the landing gear bay of a Boeing 747. The hiding place would have exposed the man to temperatures as low as 60C below freezing and oxygen deprivation during the 11-and-a-half-hour flight from Cape Town.

South Africa's airport operator ACSA reported that security personnel had discovered a young male within the perimeter of Cape Town's airport in the evening of Aug 22nd 2012 around the time the plane was departing, a chase started during which the person managed to escape and disappear.

Sources:

1. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/23/stowaway-british-airways-jumbo-heathrow-dead
2. http://thebasource.com/body-found-in-wheel-bay-of-inbound-ba58/
3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19359935
4. http://www.itv.com/news/story/2012-08-23/body-found-in-ba-aircraft/
5. http://avherald.com/h?article=454bcaae
6. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/


Images:

Photo of G-BNLU courtesy AirHistory.net


London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
11 August 2007; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Aug-2012 23:22 gerard57 Added
24-Aug-2012 00:44 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
08-Sep-2012 14:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
08-Jan-2017 15:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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