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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147890
Last updated: 26 November 2020
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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:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cape Town, South Africa (CPT/FACT)
Destination airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
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.


6. CAA:


Photo of G-BNLU courtesy

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

Revision history:

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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