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Stowaways found dead after falling from New York-bound plane in Ecuador

Stowaways found dead after falling from New York-bound plane in Ecuador

The airport, located in a city along the coast of the country, shut down operations for 90 minutes to remove the bodies from the runway, the AP reported.

Two men believed to be stowaways on a USA -bound flight from Ecuador died after falling from the aircraft on Monday.

Police would not reveal the identities or nationalities of the men, but said they likely fainted or were ejected during take-off.

The Latam Airlines Boeing 767-300 continued its journey, however authorities said the aircraft could be required to return to Ecuador to assist with the investigation.

The plane continued on its way to NY after the two men fell but will have to return to Guayaquil to assist with the investigation.

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Authorities in Ecuador said they have not ruled out the possibility that others had managed to remain smuggled on board, but there have been no reports from the United States suggesting this occurred.

The possible stowaways appear to have attempted to climb into the landing gear, but they fell or let go as the plane took off, and were killed falling from the aircraft in Guayaquil. The jet had originated in Peru and was allowed to continue its flight to New York JFK.

Prosecutor Carlos Bustamante told El Comercio: "What is known is that the plane came from Peru".

The airline has agreed to co-operate with the authorities to find out what happened.