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Stowaway found in wheel compartment of Lagos-New York jet


Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. Source: Wikipedia

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. Source: Wikipedia

Nigeria’s aviation authorities said on Tuesday that they had removed the body of a stowaway discovered in the undercarriage of an aircraft flying from Lagos to New York.

“The corpse, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, has been deposited at an undisclosed mortuary,” Yakubu Dati, of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said in a statement.

The man’s body was discovered in the wheel compartment of the Arik Air plane on Saturday at Lagos’ international airport, as ground staff prepared the jet for another flight to New York, he added.

“FAAN is currently reviewing footages of the CCTV system and airside security operations with a view to identifying the gaps and personnel failure, if any, in order to take remedial actions,” he said.

Two years ago, the body of stowaway was discovered at the same airport on a plane that had just arrived from New York, with harsh social and economic conditions in Nigeria blamed for the phenomenon.

There was no immediate response from Arik Air when contacted by AFP but the private airline’s spokesman confirmed the incident in local media.

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  • Arouser

    People will never learn

  • Femi

    “Living in a world Struggle to stay alive” surviving under hardship; Naija which way? Protesting and all sort of demonstration against the govt misrule and mismanagement and become hero is far better than being a stowaway. What’s a risk taking!