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No greener pasture for this stowaway, dead on arrival

On a round trip from Lagos to New York, and back to Lagos, a suspected stowaway arrived the Murtala Mohammed Airport on Saturday, dead.

Ground workers at the international terminal of the airport, got the shock of their lives when the dead body of a man in his mid-40s dropped from the wheel-well of an Arik Air aircraft being prepared for another flight to New York.

According to security officials, the body, which had started decomposing, must have been in the wheel-well since Wednesday, March 11 when the aircraft had its last flight from New York.

The body was later evacuated by the men of the Airport Police Command.

A statement by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, which confirmed the incident, said the body was discovered in an Arik airbus A345, marked CS-TFX, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The statement said FAAN was reviewing footage of the CCTV and airside security operations with a view to identifying the gaps and personnel failure, if any, in order to take remedial actions.


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