Arik Air investigates body of Nigerian stowaway found in aircraft

Arik Air

A man was found dead in the wheel or Arik’s planes.

The Management of Arik Air on Monday said it is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young man found in the wheel-well of its Airbus A340-500 last Friday.

Spokesman of the airline, Adebanji Ola, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Monday.

He said that the body was discovered when engineers were conducting a routine check on the aircraft.

“The identity of the man is not known as there was no form of identification on him when the body was discovered,” Mr. Ola said.

“We are able to establish that the body has been in the wheel-well for more than a day suggesting that the stowaway originated from Lagos,” the statement said.

Mr. Ola said a bottle of medicine produced by a local pharmaceutical company was found on the body.

“This lays credence to the suggestion that the stowaway may have boarded the flight from Lagos,” the statement said.

He added that a Bible which has an American flag drawn on the back cover was also found on the body.

The statement added that the body of the stowaway, which has since been deposited in the morgue, would go through an autopsy.

The airline also cancelled its international flight for Monday to New York, following Hurricane Sandy in the United States of America.

Speaking on phone on the international flight cancellation, Mr. Ola said that the airline had advised its passengers on international flight against the hurricane, adding that the cancellation is as a result of an advice by the United States.

Mr. Ola said that passengers were advised to fly on Wednesday or Friday.

“We fly to New York three times a week namely: Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” he said.


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