US-Registered Jet Impounded in Zimbabwe Following the Discovery of a Dead Body and Cash on Board
Authorities of Zimbabwean aviation have impounded a US cargo jet after a dead body which is believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were discovered on board.
According to The Herald, a state-run newspaper, the MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa “with millions of rands”. Officials later got to know that the money belonged to the South Africa Reserve Bank.
General manager of Zimbabwe’s Civil Aviation Authority, David Chawota, said the plane had landed in Harare for refuelling. He also reported that the jet, which is registered with Western Global Airlines, was impounded at Harare international airport on Sunday. The Airline company is reportedly based in Estero, Florida.
The crew had no knowledge of another person being on the plane, according to a police officer. Apparently, the person found dead had sneaked into the plane’s landing gear. The Herald stated that the crew included two Americans, a South African and a Pakistani.