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HARARE — Zimbabwean authorities impounded a cargo aircraft carrying a consignment for the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) after a body was discovered on board.

"The police are now handling the issue and the plane, which is owned by Western Global Airlines, has been grounded at Harare International Airport since Sunday," Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe CEO David Chawota said.

"The cargo in the plane belongs to the SARB," Mr Chawota said. He would not disclose details of the cargo, citing security concerns.

The aircraft, en route to SA from Germany, landed at Harare after requesting permission to refuel when the body was discovered, Mr Chawota said.

Western Global Airlines is based in Florida, US. The SARB is based in Pretoria.

Bloomberg