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Child's body found in wheel well of US military plane

Published on Jul 30, 2014 3:00 AM
This July 11, 2014 Air Force handout photo shows a US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, performing a grass landing during a training deployment at Powidz Air Base, in Poland. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The body of an adolescent boy was found in a wheel well of a US military cargo plane after the aircraft landed in Germany over the weekend, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The "apparent stowaway" was discovered Sunday night during a "routine post-flight inspection" of the C-130J aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

The boy was found above the aircraft's rear landing gear and it was unclear when or where he had climbed into the compartment, Adm Kirby said. The boy "was an adolescent black male, possibly of African origin," he said.

The plane had been flying operations in support of US Africa Command "with stops in a few countries," said Adm Kirby, without naming the nations.

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