Stowaway found dead at Paris airport after Ivory Coast flight

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The body of a stowaway was found in the landing gear of an aircraft that landed in Paris after a flight from Ivory Coast in West Africa, carrier Air France said.

France’s national airline said an investigation was underway.

“Air France confirms the lifeless body of a stowaway was found in the landing gear compartment of the aircraft operating flight AF703 from Abidjan to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on 7 January 2020.” Air France said in a statement.

Air France expressed “deepest sympathy and compassion at this human tragedy”.



The airline declined to comment on French media reports the stowaway was a child. A source in the office of the local prosecutor leading the investigation was not aware of the stowaway’s age or identity.