Body of Britain Alana Cutland found in Madagascar

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Alana Cutland

Police said on Wednesday they had found the remains of a British woman who fell 1,200 meters (4,000 feet), from a light aircraft in the remote north of Madagascar last month.

Alana Cutland, 19, from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, fell from the plane on 25 July.

Alana, a Cambridge University student, was visiting the island on an internship complementing her studies in Natural Sciences, her family has said.

“She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in her having a very special connection with a wide network of people from all walks of her life, who we know will miss her dearly,” her family said.

“Her thirst for discovering more of the world always ensured she made the most of every second of her action-packed young life.”

Police said the remains were found on Tuesday, and would be sent to the capital Antananarivo for an autopsy.

Authorities are not pursuing a criminal inquiry in the case, Andrianoasy Ralaivaonary, local gendarmerie commander in Mahajanga, said in a statement.

According to police, Cutland opened the door shortly after take-off and the pilot and the other passenger on board were unable to restrain her from jumping out.

 

Chidi Nwoke.