A man’s body was found in the undercarriage of a plane flying from The Gambia to the UK.
Sussex Police said the discovery was made at Gatwick Airport around 4am on December 7.
The force said in a statement: “Police were called after the body of a man was found in the undercarriage of a plane at Gatwick Airport which arrived from The Gambia around 4am on December 7th.
“Officials are investigating and a report will be made for HM Coroner.”
The unidentified body of a black man was found on a TUI Airways jet that had flown from Gambia’s capital Banjul to Gatwick.
The flight took place on December 5 and Gambia’s government received information about the incident from Sussex Police this week.
Gambian authorities are cooperating with police and the body has been taken to a morgue for DNA testing and an investigation is ongoing, the statement said.
There have been previous reports of stowaways on planes and ships from Africa to Europe.
In 2015, Dutch authorities discovered a body in the landing gear of a plane from Africa at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
In November, three stowaways were found at the helm of a ship in the Canary Islands after an 11-day sea voyage from Nigeria.
“This unfortunate incident, while rare, shows how desperate some people are to take such a risky route of migration,” said Rida Lyammouri, senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a Morocco-based organization specializing in economics and politics.
“This will not deter some West Africans from making risky attempts to reach Europe and unfortunately we will continue to see people dying in the Mediterranean and Sahel deserts,” he said.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23206289.mans-body-found-undercarriage-plane-gatwick-airport/?ref=rss A man’s body was found in the undercarriage of a plane bound for Gatwick Airport