US cargo plane impounded in Zimbabwe after dead body, cash found on board

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US Cargo Plane Impounded in Zimbabwe After Dead Body Found on Board

A U.S.-registered cargo plane has been impounded at an airport in Zimbabwe after workers reportedly found a dead body inside.

State-run newspaper The Herald reports the MD-11 trijet is being held at Harare International Airport after workers spotted blood dripping from the aircraft during a routine fuel stop. Inside, they found a dead body and "millions" of South African rand. One million South African rand converts to roughly $63,000 U.S.

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Zimbabwean Armed Soldiers patrol around a United States registered cargo plane at Harare International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, Feb,15.2016. Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a U.S.-registered cargo jet after a dead body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board, a senior official said Monday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwean Armed Soldiers patrol around a United States registered cargo plane at Harare International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, Feb,15.2016. Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a U.S.-registered cargo jet after a dead body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board, a senior official said Monday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwean Armed Soldiers patrol around a United States registered cargo plane at Harare International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, Feb,15.2016. Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a U.S.-registered cargo jet after a dead body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board, a senior official said Monday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Officials can explain the money, as the plane was reportedly flying from Germany to South Africa carrying new rand notes to the South African Reserve Bank. It's the dead body officials are still investigating.

SABC reports South Africa's ambassador to Zimbabwe is speculating the body might be that of a stowaway -- it was reportedly found in the cargo section, which is almost on the underbelly of the plane.

Officials say the plane is registered to Florida-based Western Global Airlines and its crew included two Americans, a South African and a Pakistani.

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