updated 10/22/2007 1:33:18 PM ET 2007-10-22T17:33:18

The body of an unidentified young man that appeared to have fallen from a plane was found near an airport outside the Russian capital, officials said Monday.

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Forensic experts found that damage to the body indicated it had fallen from a high altitude, Igor Nedelin, a regional prosecutor, told The Associated Press. Nedelin said that experts had determined that the man, aged between 15 and 17, had died of hypothermia before his body hit the ground.

He said the body was found last Friday near the Domodedovo airport east of Moscow. The man, who appeared to be Asian, carried some small change but no identification or other documents showing who he was, Nedelin said.

The Domodedovo airport handles numerous flights from the former Soviet nations in Central Asia. Some Russian news reports speculated that the man could have been a migrant from the region who lacked money for a ticket and hid somewhere inside a plane to get into Russia.

A similar case occurred last month, when a young man from the city of Perm in Russia's Ural Mountains flew into Moscow in an airliner's landing gear niche. He survived the flight but was hospitalized with severe hypothermia.

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