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‘Child stowaway’ found dead in plane’s undercarriage in Paris

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Published on January 14, 2020 with No Comments

The body of a child stowaway was found in the landing gear of a plane at a Paris airport – thought to have died from cold or asphyxiation on the long-haul flight from Ivory Coast.The child, aged around 10, had hidden in the undercarriage of the Air France Boeing 777 in Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital. It took off on Tuesday evening and landed at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of the French capital, six and half hours later.

The corpse, which officials said was “not warmly dressed”, was found in the plane’s undercarriage cavity after landing. “Air France confirms that the lifeless body of a stowaway was found in the landing gear compartment of the aircraft operating flight AF703 from Abidjan to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on 7 January 2020,” Air France said in a statement.

Several stowaways, notably adolescents from Africa, have been found frozen to death or crushed in the undercarriage of Western-bound planes.

The last such case in France dates to April 2013, when the body of a boy, likely a minor, was similarly found in the undercarriage of a plane from Cameroon.


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