Body of child stowaway discovered in Air France plane’s undercarriage

Workers at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport found the body of a child who stowed away in the undercarriage of an Air France airplane, the airline announced Wednesday.

The body of the child was found in an Air France plane that flew from the Ivory Coast to Paris. File Photo by John Angelillo/

The boy, believed to be about 10 years old, was found Tuesday after a long-haul flight from Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The National Gendarmerie told BBC News the body was found around 6:40 a.m.

“Air France confirms that the lifeless body of a stowaway was discovered in the well of the landing gear of the aircraft performing flight AF703 connecting Abidjan (ABJ) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on January 7, 2020,” the airline said in a statement on Twitter.

“The company expresses its compassion and deplores this human tragedy. An investigation is underway.”

The incident comes six months after a suspected stowaway fell from a Kenya Airways flight as it made its approach to London’s Heathrow Airport. The man’s body fell into a London garden and investigators found a bag, water and food in the landing gear compartment of the plane.

ByDanielle Haynes