Stowaway's body parts rain down

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Leg falls from African flight onto L.I. garage


    In South Floral Park, L.I., investigator found a sneakered leg that fell from South African Airways jet.

    A man's severed leg - with a white Adidas sneaker still attached - plummeted from the sky onto a garage roof and bounced into the backyard of a Long Island home yesterday morning.

    Pam Hearne heard "a very loud bang" outside her family's South Floral Park house at 7a.m., but thought little of it and went to work.

    It wasn't until she got back home at 10:30 a.m. that she noticed something bizarre out her window.

    "There was a human body part back there," she said. "It was rather large."

    The leg, hip and chunk of torso apparently fell from the wheel well of a South African jetliner about to land at Kennedy Airport.

    When Hearne first saw the leg in the grass, it didn't look real. But authorities assured the special education teacher it wasn't a "cruel joke."

    "It was very blackened, as if it had been charred," she said.

    The victim, apparently a stowaway, likely crawled into the wheel well of the South African Airways jet in Dakar, Senegal, authorities said.

    After taking off from Dakar at 11:40 p.m. New York time, the pilot felt some unusual vibrations. But a diagnostic check turned up nothing unusual, and the flight continued to Queens, said Nassau Police Detective Lt. Kevin Smith.

    A customs inspector discovered more human remains - including another leg - in the wheel well after the jet landed, said Port Authority spokesman Tony Ciavolella.

    "The body was badly battered, the clothing shredded," Smith said. "And the plane was battered from the body parts."

    Floral Park is about 5-1/2 miles from Kennedy - just the spot where a pilot would likely lower the landing gear.

    The cause of death was under investigation, pending a medical examiner's report, Ciavolella said.

    There have been several cases of airplane stowaways being killed by the extreme cold at high altitude or crushed to death inside aircraft wheel wells.

    The landing gear rotates inward as the wheels retract and outward for landing. It was unclear how far the leg fell but the impact dented the shingled roof of the garage.

    "I guess it was some poor soul who dreamed to look for his freedom," Hearne said. "I'm hoping he wasn't in much pain."

    "He took a chance and he lost," said Anthony Coetzee, 43, of South Africa, who was waiting for a flight home yesterday. The South African Airways flight to Johannesburg was canceled yesterday.

    A letter distributed to passengers by the airline made no mention of the body. It simply said that the jet needed to be repaired because of "some damage to the fuselage."
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    The man just got chopped like he was in a meat grinder. I think he felt alot of pain.:rolleyes:
  3. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    Let me take a wild guess..... :rolleyes:
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    It's raining men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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  6. Banned_n_austin

    Banned_n_austin Benched

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    That is bizarre.
  7. Payton34Smith22

    Payton34Smith22 Active Member

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    Damn,His eyes look like the Runaway Bride..something to think about...
    he kinda looks like Eliajah Wood too.
    If only all murderers looked like that, there would be a lot less murders going down.

    Unfortunately around these parts they usually look like the average "guy next door".
    And sometimes they are.
  8. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    This happened about 15 minutes from where I live...

    Yesterday's weather recap: It rained a foot.
  9. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    LMAO :lmao:

    You and Yeager are sooo bad...:laugh2:
  10. Banned_n_austin

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    It's not funny ...
  11. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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    I've heard of airline tickets costing an arm and a leg, but this is ridiculous...

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