x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Man dies in apparent fall from plane heading to Dubai

A young man died after apparently falling from the wheel well of a plane as it flew out of the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

A young man died after apparently falling from the wheel well of a plane as it flew out of the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, Pakistani officials.

The unidentified man's shattered body was found on the roof of a home in Lahore late on Thursday. An autopsy confirmed that the body fell a long distance, a police official Jawad Qamar said.

The homeowner told police the body landed with a loud bang and that he heard a plane in the air at the time, Mr Qamar said.

An Airblue flight heading to Dubai was in the sky at the time, Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Kamran Malik said. Authorities believe the young man may have hidden in that plane's landing gear, though the investigation was ongoing.

It was not yet clear at what altitude the plane was flying.

Airblue officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Accidents involving such stowaways have happened before and often involve would-be economic migrants. Many Pakistanis go to Dubai and other Arab countries for work.