July 13 - Investigations at Rafik Hariri Airport International found wire cutters and two filterless cigarettes next to the hat of a man who had apparently tried Saturday to hitch a ride on the Saudi-owned Nas Air jet, a well-informed security source said on Monday.
Airport workers in Riyadh found a human body on the landing gear of a flight from Beirut early Saturday, after a man apparently tried to hitch a ride on the plane.
The body was discovered when a maintenance worker went to inspect the right rear landing gear of the Airbus 320 after it landed at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport on the flight from Lebanon, the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a statement.
“When approaching the aircraft he discovered the body of a person who had tried to hide in the wheel bay while the plane took off from Beirut International Airport,” the Jeddah-based authority said.
The unidentified body was sent to forensic medical experts for further examination, they said. Security sources in Beirut said Saudi medical experts took several photos of the body and performed a biopsy, which were all sent to the Lebanese security authorities. The sources added that the man used the cigarette filters as ear plugs.
Nas Air flight XY 720 took off from Beirut airport late Friday and landed Saturday morning in the Saudi capital. “A man who has not yet been identified somehow managed to grab hold of a [wheel] of the jet in Beirut without the control tower noticing before takeoff,” an airport official added.
Update: The head of Beirut's airport security resigned on Monday after the death of a man who managed to break into a runway and hide in the wheel bay of a Saudi-bound jet, a government source said.
"General Wafik Shoukeir is currently meeting with Interior Minister Ziad Baroud to ask that he be relieved of his duties as airport security chief," the source said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
He would not confirm whether the resignation was directly linked to the accident.
Separately, neither Shoukeir nor Baroud could immediately be reached for comment.
Family members identified the man, who had apparently tried to hitch a ride from Beirut to Riyadh, as a Lebanese national, the country's justice minister said.
"The man's family was able to identify him through a photograph of him provided by Saudi Arabian authorities," minister Ibrahim Najjar said.
"There are also reports that he was mentally unstable, but we have yet to confirm them," he added. The man was identified as Firas Haidar and lived in the area of Burj al-Barajneh near Beirut airport, a source close to a probe into the accident added.
The New City Hall is a huge 19th century neo-Gothic building where every day at 1100 and 1200 hours, the glockenspiel on the frontage plays out a complex presentation which includes a miniature tournament, with copper figures moving in and out of the archways. Marienplatz 08 Tel: (089) 23300 ...
Address: Ostandari Street, city center, Isfahan. Timings: 8am to 12noon, 2pm to sunset. Tickets: IRR 5000. Constructed in 1647 under the orders of Shah Abbas II, the Chihil Sutun was conceived primarily as a space to accommodate and entertain foreign embassies – and with its impressive arches, its domed central hall, its large scale miniature paintings, its use of mirrors on the ent...
The Notre Dame cathedral is one of the city's oldest churches. In the twelfth century, Paris was growing and consolidating its power as France’s capital. The new bishop, Maurice de Sully, decided to build a new cathedral. Construction began in 1163, and it was not finished until the mid-1300s. Notre Dame is one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture and its trademark flying ...
The site for an ancient temple built by the Aztecs at Tenochtitlan, and destroyed subsequently by the invading Spanish armies, who then built a cathedral at the site. The buried temple chambers were discovered by accident in 1978, and the site was soon reclaimed as a heritage site. Now you can actually see the layers of Aztec construction as you walk down the excavated site. A modern museum, the M...