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Body found in jet wheel well at Virginia's Dulles Airport

Published on Feb 16, 2014 1:35 PM

(REUTERS) - A man's body was discovered on Saturday in the wheel well of a South African Airways jetliner parked at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, and investigators are seeking to determine when and how he died, officials said.

A ground crew assigned to the plane, an Airbus A340, found the body at about 1.30pm local time (2.30am Sunday Singapore time), according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The plane arrived at Dulles in Virginia on Thursday morning from Johannesburg, South Africa, after a stop in Dakar, Senegal, authority spokesman Christopher Paolino said in an email.

The plane was parked in a remote parking area at the airport, the authority said. Airport police, fire and rescue crews responded to the scene, along with the FBI and US Customs and Border Protection officers.

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