The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 27, 2012
 

Man's body found in undercarriage of Nigerian plane

 
 

LAGOS (AFP) - A dead body has been found in the wheel well of a plane operated by Nigerian airline Arik for its London and New York routes, a spokesman said today, in a case similar to past instances of stowaways.

The man's body was found yesterday in an undercarriage wheel compartment after the Airbus A340-500 plane returned to Lagos from London, said Arik spokesman Adebanji Ola, but it was unclear when or how he gained access to it.

"They just found the body in the aircraft yesterday. There's no identity on it," he told AFP, adding an investigation would be carried out.

Previous such cases have seen stowaways hide inside planes' wheel wells in Nigeria or other countries in hopes of making it abroad. They have previously frozen to death or been crushed by the wheel.