Villagers find Cambridge student Alana Cutland's body after 12-day search for the 19-year-old who opened plane door and threw herself 3,700 feet to her death in Madagascar

Alana Cutland's body was discovered today by local villagers in Madagascar. Police chief confirmed body was identified by her hair colour, shoes and clothing. Villagers are preparing to move the body to the tiny airstrip at Anjajavy. It will be flown 400 miles by helicopter to the capital Antananarivo tomorrow.

07 August 2019 - 14:28 - Update: 07 August 2019 - 15:26

The body of tragic student Alana Cutland is believed to have been found in Madagascar nearly two weeks after she leapt to her death from a light aircraft.

The grim discovery was made today by local villagers who have been searching constantly for any sign of Alana, 19, since she plunged 3,700ft to the ground.

The police chief who has been leading the search confirmed that the body had been provisionally identified as the teenager by her hair colour, shoes and clothing.

Villagers are preparing to move the body to the tiny airstrip at Anjajavy in north west Madagascar before it is flown 400 miles by helicopter to the capital Antananarivo tomorrow.

Around 400 local people and 15 police have been searching for Alana since July 25 when she opened the door of the Cessna 182 which she was flying in and fell to her almost certain death.

The pilot desperately tried to pull the door shut with one hand while controlling the plane with the other to stop her falling out, but half her body was left hanging out of the four-seater plane.

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