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Arik Air investigates body of stowaway

30 October 2012, 07:34

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

This came as the airline said it has cancelled its international flight for Monday to New York, following Hurricane Sandy in the United States of America.

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

Ola 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.

"However, 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.

The statement added that 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.

It 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, was awaiting autopsy.

Speaking on phone on the international flight cancellation, Ola said that the airline had advised its passengers on international flight against the hurricane.

He said the cancellation was as a result of an advice by the United States.

Ola said that passengers had been advised to come on Wednesday or Friday.

"We fly to New York three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays," he said.      

Meanwhile, business and official activities resumed on Monday after the end of the Eid-El-Kabir at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who went round also discovered that there was a high vehicular movement within the airport, contrary to what was the situation during the Sallah holidays.



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