The lifeless body of a man 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 News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the airline confirmed the incident in a statement by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji.
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 man, obviously a 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.