Aviation officials in Saudi Arabia are trying to answer the question: Why were human body parts reported to have fallen from the sky in the city of Jeddah?

Body Parts Fall from Sky over Saudi Arabia   Officials Investigating if Stowaway Was Hiding in Planes Landing Gear

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A citizen called in the unusual sighting to police overnight Sunday. “Police received a telephone call at 2:30 am from a witness reporting the fall of human remains at an intersection in Mushrefa neighborhood” in the port city, spokesman Nawaf bin Naser al-Bouq said in a statement quoted by the French news agency Agence France-Presse.

Bouq further suggested that investigators are looking at the possibility that a stowaway had become trapped in an aircraft’s undercarriage and that his remains “fell from a plane’s landing gear.”

In a separate incident, a Saudi Arabian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Medina on Sunday during which 29 passengers were injured. A spokesman for the General Authority of Civil Aviation told AFP that the two incidents were not connected.

There have been a number of past reported cases of stowaways hiding in aircraft wheel wells, including some who have survived.

In July, the body of a stowaway was found in the landing gear of a British Airways Airbus A320 at London’s Heathrow Airport.

In August, a Nigerian teenager hid in the undercarriage of an aircraft on a 45-minute domestic flight to Lagos and lived to reach his destination.

In 2010, an unemployed Romanian stowaway hid in the same part of a Boeing-747 and survived an 800-mile flight from Vienna to London. He survived the temperature of -41 during the flight which reached an elevation of 25,000 feet.

“Airport officials say the man could easily have been crushed by the plane’s wheels or killed by a lack of oxygen and was ‘incredibly lucky’ to be alive,” the Daily Mail reported in 2010.

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