Reserve Bank confirms grounded plane was carrying banknotes

Pretoria, 16 February 2016 - The South African Reserve Bank is working with Zimbabwean authorities to ensure the release of cargo belonging to the bank, after a plane was grounded in Harare. Video: eNCA

PRETORIA - The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is working with Zimbabwean authorities to ensure the release of cargo belonging to the bank. This after a plane was grounded in Harare.

The aircraft was transporting a consignment of cash when the incident occured.

An unidentified body -- believed to be that of a stowaway -- was discovered in its under-carriage. 

The plane, said to be carrying millions of rands belonging to the SARB, touched down in Harare on Sunday morning.

A blood streak along its side led Zimbabwean officials to discover the body of a man in the cargo hold.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of his death.

The plane was travelling from Munich in Germany to Durban.

Zimbabwean media says the crew -- two South Africans, a Pakistani and two Americans -- have been arrested.

The state-run The Herald newspaper says the plane tried to land in Mozambique because of technical problems, but was refused permission and had to divert to Harare.

But Western Global Airlines, the owner of the plane, has denied the detour was an emergency and said the plane made 'a routine fuel stop' in Zimbabwe.

Western Global Airlines says the MD-11 cargo jet flew regularly between Europe and South Africa.

The International Relations Department says it's not involved in the matter and that it is the responsibility of the Reserve Bank to resolve it.

The Reserve Bank meanwhile said the bulk of its annual currency production is done in South Africa and a small percentage is done offshore, as part of its contingency plans.

The bank said the aircraft is carrying a consignment of South African banknotes that was produced overseas as part of the bank’s annual production plan.

It says it’s working closely with the relevant authorities to have the cargo released and transported to South Africa.

Watch the above video for more. 

eNCA

Discussion Policy

eNCA.com would like to send you push notifications.
Notifications can be turned off any time in your browser settings.
You have been registered for browser notifications