Stowaway found dead on Arik Air plane in Johannesburg

The lifeless body of a stowaway was on Wednesday found in the main wheel well of one of Arik Air’s A330-200 aircraft at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

The airline confirmed the incident in a statement by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji, a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

According to the airline, the aircraft operated the scheduled Lagos-Johannesburg flight that departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesday and arrived in Johannesburg shortly before 11 p.m.

It said engineers of South African Airways Technical facility at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, where the aircraft was scheduled for a routine maintenance check, discovered the body of the stowaway during the inspection phase.

The airline said investigations were ongoing to determine how the stowaway found his way into the aircraft’s main wheel well.



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  • Olori Magege

    The economic condition which, so far PMB has found no solution to, is the cause of the desperate and dangerous escapade of our youths thru deserts, sea and now by stowing away in plane wheel tunnel.

    • The Optimist

      I disagree with you sir. There are 1001 things any serious person can do LEGIMATELY in Nigeria here to earn a decent living. Ego and impatience won’t let them reason.

      • Olori Magege

        You think impatience will make one cross the desert, sail in treacherous water and fly in wheel hole? How many stowed away during Gowon oil boom? Yes of course there are many opportunities in Nigeria but we must accept these are bad times for Nigeria

  • Otile

    Buhari and Kemi have brought unnecessary hardship to many hapless Nigerians. God’s quick intervention is the only answer. God save us from incompetent impostors. All say amen.

    • The Optimist

      All these escapist reasons hold no water. Was the Benin – Lagos stowaway during Buhari? Let’s be objective and move this country forward.

      • Otile

        Stop defending Buhari’s incompetence, things are getting from bad to worse in Nigeria.

    • Wisdom Mariam, Col.

      Mention just one project completed by the duo of Jonathan and Iweala with oil revenue as high as $140?
      When you do so convincingly, I will say amen.

      • Otile

        Jonathan is past tense, besides things were not bad during the administration of Jonthan. Move on, e gbo.

  • The Optimist

    Does this not clearly show the failed security system at our airports? It also shows that any Dick and Harry can easily plant a bomb on the aircraft. There is a serious trouble! And had he been a timed bomb, you can imagine the rest of the story.