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JKIA temporarily closed after a body is discovered on runway

A view of JKIA

A view of JKIA

Security officials temporarily closed the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after a human body was sighted on the runway Wednesday morning.

Police say they are yet to know how the male body got on the runway but added that they suspected it was of a stowaway or a street boy. It is not clear how a street boy could gain access to the heavily secured area.

Officials say they were called at about 6 am and informed the body was at the end of the main runway and on checking they realised it had bruises. Airport CID boss Joseph Ngisa confirmed that the body had bruises at the time of discovery.

“We do not know if it was of a stowaway or someone who came to the runway on his own. He could have been a street boy because of the bruises,” said Ngisa.

He added that the body had no identification documents.

The airport was closed for almost an hour before it was opened as police rushed to remove the body. They took fingerprints from the body to establish the deceased’s identity.

Other experts said they suspect the man was a stowaway who tried to jump off the plane as it landed and died on impact.

Last November, there was a similar incident in which a male passenger, believed to have secretly boarded a Kenya Airways flight from Bombay to Nairobi, was found dead when the plane arrived at the airport.

Officials at the airport said the flight, KQ203, left Bombay and as they were opening the rear part of the plane the body fell out. The man did not have any identification documents on him as well when they checked the body.

The body was found in between the wheels compartment as crew were cleaning the plane.

The Standard

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