Teen's body found in wheel well of US plane

US Air Force says apparent stowaway found after cargo plane landed in Germany was likely "of African origin".

    The plane had been flying for the US Africa Command "with stops in a few countries" [File: AFP]
    The plane had been flying for the US Africa Command "with stops in a few countries" [File: AFP]

    The body of an adolescent boy has been found in a wheel well of a US military cargo plane after the aircraft landed in Germany over the weekend, the Pentagon said.

    The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the "apparent stowaway" was discovered on Sunday night during a "routine post-flight inspection" of the C-130J aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

    The boy was found above the aircraft's rear landing gear and it was unclear when or where he had climbed into the compartment, Kirby said.

    The deceased "was an adolescent black male, possibly of African origin," he said.

    The plane had been flying operations in support of US Africa Command "with stops in a few countries," said Kirby, without naming the nations.

    A US defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the plane had been on an eight-day mission in Africa that included a visit to Mali.

    German authorities were conducting an autopsy and an investigation into the case.

    SOURCE: AFP


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