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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Nigerian stowawy found dead in Arik Air's undercarriage

The dead body of a young Nigerian man was discovered yesterday Friday October 26th in the wheel well, the undercarriage compartment of an Arik Air aircraft, after it returned from a flight to New York, United States.

One of the airline’s officials who spoke to ThisDay said the deceased might have hidden himself in the wheel well for days and was crushed to death while the flight was airborne to the JF Kennedy Airport, New York, from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The official who spoke to THISDAY said the dead body was found during a check on the aircraft panel as it was being prepared for another flight and that the undercarriage compartment of the Airbus A340-500 is big enough to accommodate a person, besides the space for the tyres.

"He probably might have hidden himself there some days and died while the aircraft was on its way to New York. We found him when we were doing checks on the panel; the aircraft probably came back with him dead," the official said.

The source said that it is out of ignorance that people hide in the wheel well and plan to stowaway because "the compartment is not pressurised like the cabin of an aircraft and it is not heated, so survival is rare even if the person is not crushed by the wheels."

Pilots and aeronautical engineers familiar with the wheel well compartment said it is roomy enough to contain a human being, but it is highly unlikely that any one who hid there would come out alive after a flight that took several hours due to lack of oxygen.

The official attributed the incident to porous security at the airport, noting that "if having access to the airside is stringently prohibited, anybody that is not an official of airlines, handling companies and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria would not gain access to the tarmac."

Another source said: "The security at the airport is very bad and that explains why somebody can gain access to the airside and inside the aircraft and no one will know.

Security around the cargo area is even worse and from there anybody can take anything into the tarmac. Now, it is a human being that is smuggled in; one day a dangerous object will be smuggled in."

THISDAY investigations revealed that stowaways connive with ground handling companies to access the airside and the wheel well.

"The handling company workers and the security operatives indulge in a lot of illicit activities at the airport and over the years there have been efforts to put a check on such excesses but every effort has so far failed," said another source.

Source: THISDAY

67 comments:

Igwe Osita One said...

Wonders shall never cease in this Nigeria sha

Anonymous said...

WAKA to him!with all respect to his dead body.na so to go America hungry am.Does ds still happen?

BONARIO NNAGS said...

hmmmm quite pathetic,what on earth will warrant such attempt at leaving the country. The greatest poverty is lack of hope. May his soul RIP.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

This is some fucked up sh*t. I think Arik is the devil.

Anonymous said...

And as usual some thick headed people would blame Goodluck Jonathan for the stupidity act of this man.....how ignorant could Nigerians be at times hiding in a stoway of a plane...and i don't even think its worth the risk because you want to live in the USA.

Anonymous said...

Has this "wheel well" trick ever worked for anyone?

mimi said...

Moral of the story? If you're gonna hide in the wheel compartment, always and i repeat always take an oxygen tank. Since the pilots have confirmed that its actually comfortable enough for a human, problem is lack of air. See y'all in America!

Anonymous said...

So lets imagine he got to yankee, how wud hv gotten past their security? Now if he even got past somehow-somehow, what work will he do there with no papers? Except hes on d run for murder here then hes lazy! Is amerca worth his life? RIP

Queen said...

This is rediculous. May his soul rest in peace

Anonymous said...

@mimi,u b real oluku...ℓ☺ℓ

emy said...

Its shows lack of security at the airports,anyone can get to the tarmac and put a bomb in this age of boko in the country.may God watch over us

Tororo said...

D ist word dat came frm my mind afta readin dis story was POVERTY!!! It is well wit nigerians.

emy said...

You be mumu na arik cause him problem,get a life

Oge Nsimah said...

they should check very well, weda he is bright from ALUU

Anonymous said...

Lmao...exactly, dats the new one. Everything is "Goodlucks" fault. Well anyway about the guy, I feel bad for him. But in all sincerity what wz he thinking going in there. Nothing is worth such a risk.Such a sad way to lose ur life.

Unknown said...

#chicken Brain#

Unknown said...

May his soul rest in peace.

Japonstina said...

Something of this nature happened in London. A flight was approching Heathrow, when it released it's landing gear, and within a min a man fell from sky; frozen and landed with a big bang on a parked car outside a house along the flight path.

May his soul R.I.P.

Government can you do something to make our dear country appealing to us all? Ngwanu!

BLOGLORD said...

Its a pity.
Guess he had the intention of seeking greener pastures in the U.S but never made it.
Security at the airport should be checked.

Unknown said...

May his soul rest in peace.

KMT said...

Explain your point. Dolomite.

Anonymous said...

@mimi,lol.see u too*wink

Detunji Demuren said...

This is how bad illiteracy can make a human lesser than an animal.Sad.

http://mrprolifeeq.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/mpw-buzz-o-nality-ms-tobi-wangboje/

MJ said...

Hahahahahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

Mimi, well said.

Next time you want to hide in the wheel cpmpartment of an aircraft, take an oxygen mask, a water flask and some crackers to keep yourself going. Don't forget to wear a head and body armour to prevent getting crushed.

Better luck next time.

Anonymous said...

America is no longer the land of milk and honey! So there is really no basiS for anyone to commit personal murder in an attempt to go and embrace more hardship in America! Believe me,he wud have been better off in Nigeria!

Anonymous said...

Chai. Poor illiterate. Why didint he prepare very well before boarding the wheel well?? at least two oxygen thanks would have been okay.

Anonymous said...

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Walahi, you are crazy.. LMFAO

Anonymous said...

Typical Naija, I must belong. ignorance is really a big disease. RIP at least u reach America.

VICKY DARL said...

May God help us...

Anonymous said...

Abeg where I fit buy oxygen tank, na me and jay z go party this weekend. Jokes apart may his soul rest in peace. Hunger will make someone try desperate moves, you guys need to give glory to god that u r full enough to be commenting on lindas blog, some people can't afford this small luxury

Anonymous said...

Lmao...thumbs up!

Anonymous said...

Mimi don off me oooo! May he RIP

Anonymous said...

Lmao! You're not well!

Sam Oracle said...

One way or the other, he got to America.

Anonymous said...

LMao!

Unknown said...

Pathetic....lack of security...may his soul rip

Anonymous said...

LOL...no forget the pressure and cold at that high altitude o...see you in America, yes, but in frozen form...better still, go beg Felix Baumgartner for him space suit

Anonymous said...

Ignorance really is a veri bad tin

childsplay said...

Told you nigerians are imbeciles,this is acute imbecility

Anonymous said...

@ emy i agree its quite worrisome....

Sakara said...

But when will people learn than stowing like a. Hickey will only hasten ur roasting, what kind of foolishness is thin na so dem dey pick money on d streets of Yankee reach? Nonsense u just wasted ur life, maybe na u be future president of Naija now:-(

Anonymous said...

Yes o it still happens
Trust naija pple na.
Desperate situation calls for desperate measures!
Its a pity he hide in d wrong area of d plane,his cohort did not advice him well!
Wasted life!!!

Anonymous said...

Mumu..because say dem they do am for movie,he wants to have a shot

Anonymous said...

This our country,everyday na smelling story. Shame no dey catch them? How can a person board a stowaway or whatever n the security personnel would be unaware? This is unheard of.

Anonymous said...

Lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll ur so sillyyy

Anonymous said...

U sure he wasn't murdered and put there. Let's start thinking serial killing, unsolved murder mysteries and all that stuff guys.

Anonymous said...

Rediculous indeed!!!

Anonymous said...

Lol, Mimi mind ya self o. This is not funny, why u come make me laugh?

sheylee bee said...

this guy is gonna make smoking guns world dumbest

martiiney said...

Isn't life so funny?I am thinking of going back home,meanwhile someone realy wanna come to the u.s..may his soul rip.

Anonymous said...

STFU dummy!!!

Anonymous said...

We hear u oo..Mr Oyibo(Martiiney)...who asked u?u sure say no be like so you run go?....no be only thinking of going back home...ishhhhhh...as for d guy...its a real wa...may his soul RIP.

Anonymous said...

@martiney,we hear u.who asked u if u wanted to come home.dumb ass

Anonymous said...

Lady Dee says
This is a case of i must enter America by hook or by crook, dead or alive. What a waste of precious life. RIP anyways.

Anonymous said...

While I want to come back to naija. Those who facilitated his access to the aircraft are evil.

Anonymous said...

Chai poverty is not good
Well sha RIP

Anonymous said...

The greatest poverty is that of the mind and not of hope, instead make u face book na linda blog u dey take brush teeth every day. U and ur imaginary ify. Hissss

OYINKAN said...

@Mimi Lol.you are so funny,step on stage doll.
catch you there.

Da-zi said...

Da-zi said...

Ignorance is d worst disease...knowing 9ja, he may have even paid so much cash to be smuggled onto this undercarriage...with d evil assurances that once in yankee, there will be $$$$ everywhere to be picked... Chai! If not, what would lead someone to even contemplate stowing away on a plane? Ihe nke a agbaala m ara!

Anonymous said...

Funniest comment ever!!! LMAO ooo

Anonymous said...

God sef go vex for the guy. He just wasted a precious life

Anonymous said...

Damn! No joke my friend who works for Nacho told me almost exactly the same story like 3 weeks ago. That means this is a regular occurance. What I want to know is whether anyone has actually made it because it makes no sense that ppl should be so utterly stupid..desperate measures sha. Its wickedness because the officials who collected bribes all along the way must know they are selling the man death, they should be the ones to blame because the man is clearly not well at all...america ni

Emaleecious said...

Na wa ooo! I hope as they have said the security is porous, they will do something about it? I am glad he wasn't a suicide bomber ooo. that will have been another story entirely!

Anonymous said...

i dey sell oxygen tank for mile 3, incase anybody for here dey interested and i even hear say british airways planes get space pass arik own.buy one tank get the second one for free.

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