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U.S.-Owned Plane Carrying Cash and Corpse Is Held in Zimbabwe

Newspaper article International New York Times

U.S.-Owned Plane Carrying Cash and Corpse Is Held in Zimbabwe

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The cargo jet, transporting money for the South African Reserve Bank, was seized during a refueling stop after a bloodied body was found on board.

It was supposed to be a routine refueling stop in Zimbabwe by an American-owned cargo plane traveling to South Africa from Germany. Then airport officials noticed blood spattered on the fuselage and found a corpse and a small fortune in South African cash inside.

The discovery on Sunday led the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe to impound the aircraft, an unmarked chartered MD11 freighter owned by Western Global Airlines, a well-established international cargo carrier based in Estero, Fla. As of Monday, the aircraft remained on the tarmac at the airport in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, and officials said they were investigating.

The identity of the corpse was not clear. Western Global Airlines, which confirmed on Monday that it owned the plane, said in a statement that the corpse was suspected to have been a stowaway "who may have entered the airplane during a previous stop. …

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