Arik Air says that the lifeless body of an unidentified stowaway was found in the main wheel well of one of its A330-200 aircrafts at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.
The latest discovery makes it the third dead stowaways that has been found on the airline’s aircraft beginning since 2012.
This was disclosed to journalists by the Public Relations and Communications Manager, Adebanji Ola.
According to Adebanji the aircraft operated the scheduled Lagos-Johannesburg flight that departed the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA), Lagos at 3:55pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and arrived Johannesburg shortly before 11pm.
He further explained that 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.
According to him, “Investigations are ongoing to determine how the stowaway found his way into the aircraft’s main wheel well.”
It will be recalled that in October, 2012, the lifeless body of a stowaway was found in the hold of Arik’s Lagos-New York flight.