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The sky, like the sea, it can also be a borderline lethal. The corpse of a child has been found this morning in the landing gear of an aircraft of the airline Air France that had just landed on the airport of Paris-Charles de Gaulle from Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast. The child had “a dozen years”, according to a source close to the investigation cited by France Presse agency. He had hidden in the well, the space where they attach to the wheels of the airplane after take off.
it Is unknown the identity of the deceased, and the exact motives that led him to get on the plane. In a message on the social network Twitter, Air France has confirmed the finding of the “body without life of a passenger in a clandestine [...] in the well of a landing of a device that made the flight AF703 linking Abidjan to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport on January 7, 2020”. And he added: “The company expresses its sympathy and regrets this human drama. An investigation is in progress”.
beyond the human drama, the death of the child “indicates a major fault in the security of the airport of Abidjan,” says a source from the Ivory Coast to France Presse. The same source wondered if the child had accomplices to access the plane. It would not be the first time that happens. To about 50 degrees below zero and with little oxygen, the risks are enormous, although there are cases in which stowaways have survived.
“When the plane took off, I saw the landing gear closing on me. The wheels were placed next to my legs,” he told the daily Le Parisien, in the year 2000, the survivor Fidèle Maruhi, a man of 24 years found unconscious in the Los Angeles airport (California, USA) on a plane from Tahiti. “Everything went dark. Was not far from the reactor, which made a din infernal [...]. I started to get cold and I fainted”.Updated Date: 08 January 2020, 20:00