Plane saga: Body taken for post-mortem

The Western Global Airlines cargo plane impounded by security services at the Harare International Airport after the handling staff discovered a bleeding corpse aboard

The Western Global Airlines cargo plane impounded by security services at the Harare International Airport after the handling staff discovered a bleeding corpse aboard

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
The body of a dead person found in a Western Global Airlines cargo plane destined for Durban, South Africa on Sunday has been taken for a post-mortem, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has confirmed.

Police also confirmed that the plane’s cabin crew was still in the country but refused to divulge their exact location for security reasons.

The plane was impounded at Harare International Airport where the dead body was discovered. Also found on the plane was money destined for the Reserve Bank of South Africa.

Police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told The Herald last night that investigations were still on-going.

It is understood that the investigations are covering a number of areas as the matter is shrouded in mystery.

The investigations are aimed at establishing how the person died and why the plane ended up landing in Harare with a corpse on board.

Police have also engaged the services of Interpol to establish the nationality of the deceased person.

Further, the investigations seek to establish whether the body is not carrying viruses that may cause the spread of diseases here.

It is understood that the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition. Again, it is believed that what had been initially suspected to be blood dripping on the plane could actually be a combination of human fluids associated with a decomposing body.

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  • Kingongo

    This story has been republished thousands of times worldwide with many news sites quoting the Herald or inventing their own speculative conclusions. The biggest concern from most commentators was the issue of viruses & its good to learn that the authorities are looking into that as well. The Herald may need to update readers with more deeper insights because there are a lot of Zimbabweans & millions of readers around the world following this story with a lot of interest.

  • Mkoma Sam

    Guys from the Herald need to be careful in the way we report. Yesterday we read that fresh blood was seen oozing from the plane. In today’s report you shame yourselves by saying this blood was coming from a well advanced decomposing copse. Which is the truth then Tendai Mugabe. I read the same information on Yahoo.

    • nmurimba

      blood from a well advanced decomposing copse??? Chirudzii? Does an advanced decomposing copse bleed??

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Agree with you, Zim should have contacted the RSA to alert them and lert the plane go. Otherwise the exercise is a waste of time and resources. After establishing the cause of death,,,,,,,so what?

  • Wisdomtooth

    Your reasoning is good but is at variance with international law.

    • todiizvazvo

      Which international law?? Why did moza refused them to land if there is such law?

  • jojo

    You are right, we are a very poor nation compared to South Africa!

  • koka

    we can’t just let this plane, we at zanu need the publicity that goes with this sort of things. this will send a message to our enemies that we are thoroughly and they should not dare try to invade our country. imagine all the eyes that are now focused on the party and of course our dear leader? he is hero where ever he goes, because of these achievements.

  • Lux

    Ebola….

  • K Sekeramayi

    ko mari irimo ikabiwa who will be responsible …let them go with their copse mheni we have enough problems and more cases need to be investigated …or else ngavashandise mari irimundege imomo kuita ma invastigations ………………..our economy is bleeeding so no time for that………………….

    • mwana wevhu

      Apana kunzi panemu Zimbabwean zvakanzi pane weku 1 Pakistan, 2Americans,1South African. Rega payitiwe ma investigations acho ko nyika yose ingatsvaka kuti chitunha ndechani, afira kupi. Zve Economy ndezvimwe. Zvinoda security ndezvimwe. Kana pasina zvekunyora zorora murugare Not noise yawakuyita.

  • todiizvazvo

    Judas, zvako iwe, there is al sorts of ebola like diseases out there.Mupurisa uyo did not have adequate protective clothing.We should have notified the SA authorities and direct the plane to proceed with its cargo to SA for investigation.They are the right people to know where the plane has been and have its manifest.

    Do you think SA will divulge the whereabouts of their cash reserves to ZANU?

    Kwanzi we want to engage Interpol to assist with investigations!!! Is it your plane? Moza refused them to land,period.Isu tinongosiya zvese zvese zvichimhara.

    • hazvo

      kude zvinhu .com but ko cash iyi tikanyepa topa ma civil servants bonus hazviite here

  • tichayana

    We remember the problem in finding a qualified forensic pathologist for death of General Mujuru, does Zimbabwe have any?
    The plane was transporting large sums of cash destined for the South African Reserve Bank, scheduled to land in Durban from Munich in Germany, via Belgium and Nigeria. The body that fell out of an external flap during the search for the source of blood could have boarded or been placed on the plane at any one of the three countries, but honestly how many illegal travellers would risk themselves to escape from Germany or Belgium?

    • nmurimba

      via Belgium, Nigeria and Zimbabwe

  • Tiriparwendo

    Sekunge vanokoshesa hupenyu hwevanhu. How many Zimbabweans were needlessly killed in cold blood since 2000. Where is Dzamara nhai vana kamba imi

    • mwana wevhu

      tiriparwendo asi akawanikwa mundege ndi dzamara here. Zvaratidza kuti brain awuna. Kodzamara ayigoskwera akarindirwa na Ambassador we South Afrika kundege kwacho zvekuti ayiva neyi nadzamara. Saka iwe urikuyedza kutiwudza kuti security kana kuti munhu wozvake akakwira ndege ichibururuka ndokunowuraya munhu uyu. Tiriparwendo kourikudini kubvunza vanasekuru vako varungu kuti panguva yehondo vakawuraya vanhu vatema maZimbos akawanda until today you have said nothing nezvazvo. Kokana uriwekwa dzamara unomuziva kwaari iwe. Pamwe ndiwe wakamuwuraya akukupengesa dzamara wacho nekuti nyaya iripano yakatosiyana neiyi nyaya ye ndege. Waku bvotyomoka kutawura zva dzamara. Asi ndiwe mukadziwake. Nyaya ndeye plane kwete yema protesters vana dzamara. Yadzamara wako inomira yoga.

  • Isac Hunt

    the money is for Zuma, he needs it to pay for his house.

  • real zimba

    some pipo are just dull, wat is happenning is the correct procedure for such cases. dont comment nyaya dzamusingazivi, let the truth and motive of that aircraft be established, the fact that it was carrying SA money may just be top soil, we need to dig deeper to define the actual soil structure, in life there is no permanent friends. Ndikafunga zvangu semu lay civilian ndingatoti gvt yazviwanira mari yekubhadhara zvikwereti zvayo bonuses included, anyTransport used for criminal escapades should be impounded together with its contents, remember the Equatorial bound aircraft yana Mann??? it was also from SA and takaibata tinayo, same applies

  • Mwana wevhu I

    Most of you guys are there to criticize the system despite the fact that they have done a wonderful job. Zvimwe zvamava kutaura hazvinei ne nyaya iyi. If I were part of Zim authorities, I would have considered the issue of our safety considering disease outbreaks such as Zika from our comments. We should be objective my fellow country men.

  • Wasu paNet

    Dzamara?

  • chakara

    I agree with you on the expenses side but on investigating the matter it is our security concern as Harare might have been a target. We need to get all the details pertaining to this whole thing before we pas on to SA, if need be.

  • Gibraltor Marufu

    hatichatumirwa alien/manmadeviruses here though these dead bodies, guys exercise all precautions…..