Simon Ateba/Aviation correspondent
Nigeria’s biggest airline, Arik Air, said on Monday it has established that the man whose corpse was found on the wheel well of its Airbus A340-500 in Lagos last Friday boarded the plane from Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
After the plane returned from London, the body was discovered when engineers conducted a routine check on the aircraft on Friday morning.
But the identity of the deceased has remained a mystery.
“The identity of the man is not known as there was no form of identification on him when the body was discovered. However, we are able to establish that the body has been in the wheel well for more than a day suggesting that the stowaway originated from Lagos,” said Ola Banji, Arik Air Public Relations and Communications Manager.
Banji added: “Curiously, a bottle of medicine produced by a local pharmaceutical company was found on the body laying credence to the suggestion that the stowaway may have boarded the flight from Lagos.”
Also found on the body was a Bible which has an American flag drawn on the back cover.
“The body of the stowaway which has since been deposited in the morgue is awaiting autopsy,” he said.