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How Stowaway Died On Arik Plane From Lagos To Johannesburg



A lifeless body of a stowaway was on Wednesday found on an Arik Air’s A330-200 aircraft at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.

It was gathered that the stowaway was discovered by engineers of the South African Airways Technical crew who were to carry out routine checks on the aircraft.

The stowaway was found in the main wheel well of the aircraft which departed Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at 3:55pm on Tuesday and arrived Johannesburg shortly before 11pm.

The identity of the stowaway was yet to be identified as of press time.

Spokesman of Arik Air, Mr. Ola Adebanji confirmed the incident, saying investigations were ongoing to determine how the stowaway found his way into the aircraft’s main wheel well from Lagos Airport.

Incidents of stowaways had recurred in the nation’s aviation industry with no fewer than five cases recorded in 2013 alone.

It would be recalled that in August 2013, a 13-year-old stowaway, identified as Daniel Oikhena, stowed under the undercarriage of the Arik aircraft from Benin to Lagos. The boy who was immediately arrested as the plane landed in Lagos said he thought the plane was on its way to the United State.

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