Thursday, October 21, 2010

International Flight Yields Strange Find


                                              PHILIPPINES AVIATION NEWS

MANILA, Philippines — First, it was a baby found inside the lavatory trash bin of a Gulf Air plane.

On Wednesday, it was dead man.

The body of Marlon Cueva, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who hails from Lubang Island, Mindoro Occidental, was found inside the lavatory of a Gulf Air plane after touched down Wednesday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.

Investigators said Cueva is believed to have committed suicide onboard the plane with flight number GF 154.

The victim was identified by Gulf Air local station manager Khaled Ahmed Abdulrahman based on the flight manifest. He was 36 and an electrician from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

NAIA 1 General Manager Octavio Lina said initial reports show that the victim hanged himself.

“The injuries seem self-inflicted. He probably used a clothing article to hang himself. There were no ropes or wires. We will leave it to our forensics experts to establish the suicide. The lavatory was intact,” said Pasay City police chief Senior Supt. Napoleon Cuaton.

Witnesses account show the victim was restless and uneasy during the flight back home.

The body was discovered at around 11:20 a.m., shortly after the plane landed. A flight steward, conducting a routine check, found Cueva’s body inside the lavatory located at the tail-end of the plane.

A Filipino nurse sought to revive Cueva but failed to resuscitate him. Photos from the crime scene showed the body slumped along the aisle leading to the comfort room.

The victim, wearing a black jacket and a blue polo shirt, apparently died of asphyxiation or lack of oxygen.

As of press time, Cueva’s body is still inside the plane, pending investigation. The NAIA Aviation Security Group, the Homicide Section of the Pasay City Police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) are leading the probe and looking at the reason why he committed suicide.

The plane’s flight for the afternoon has been delayed pending investigation.

Recently, a baby boy was found dumped in a trash bin in a Gulf Air flight. The baby was left behind by a female OFW. He was christened George Francis by flight stewards who found him.

The baby’s mother had admitted she was a victim of rape and was psychologically unstable when she gave birth inside the airplane. DNA tests later confirmed the OFW is George Francis’ mother.

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Long Missing WWII Pilot to be Buried in Ohio

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) -- The remains of a World War II pilot will be buried this weekend in Ohio, 65 years after his plane went down on an island in the Philippines.

Arthur Frances Parkhurst, an Army Aviation lieutenant, was declared missing in action in 1945, then ruled killed in action later. The native of Evansville, Ind., was 20 when his plane went down after delivering supplies to guerrilla forces.

His 81-year-old brother, Judson Parkhurst, of Kettering, Ohio, tells the Dayton Daily News a farmer recently found the remains along with his brother's dog tags and a leather boot. DNA testing confirmed the identity.

Funeral services will be Saturday in the Dayton suburb of Kettering, followed by military burial in Xenia (ZEEN'-yuh).

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