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Human body parts fall from Jeddah skies

“Police received a telephone call at 2:30 a.m. from a witness reporting the fall of human remains,” a Jeddah police spokesman said

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Human body parts fell from the sky in Jeddah on Sunday, with police saying they could belong to a stowaway in an airplane’s wheel bay.

“Police received a telephone call at 2:30 a.m. from a witness reporting the fall of human remains,” Jeddah police spokesman Nawaf Bin Naser al-Bouq said in a statement.

The police proceeded to cordon off the area for investigation, according to the spokesman.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the remains “fell from a plane’s landing gear,” Bouq said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

In an attempt to cross borders, some people at poorly monitored airports climb inside the bays holding the landing gear of planes. Most of them freeze to death once the aircraft reach cruising altitude, but some survive, Agence France-Presse reported.

In 2010, the head of Beirut’s airport security resigned after the death of a man who managed to sneak onto a runway undetected and hide in the wheel bay of a Saudi-bound jet.

The man’s body was found by a maintenance worker in Riyadh who was inspecting the landing gear of the Saudi-owned Nas Air Airbus 320 after it touched down there.

(With AFP)