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Child's body found in wheelwell of US military aircraft in Germany

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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http://abc13.com/news/childs-body-found-in-wheelwell-of-us-military-aircraft-in-germany/226435/

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The body of a male adolescent was found Sunday night in the wheel-well of a U.S. Air Force C-130 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany after the plane had arrived from a flight that originated in Mali, a U.S. official confirmed today.

The body was found trapped in a compartment above the aircraft's rear landing gear, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

The aircraft had made one other stop in Africa and another in Sigonella, Italy, before arriving at Ramstein, Kirby said. It's unclear whether this child was a stowaway or where the child had boarded the plane.

The boy's body was found as maintenance crews conducted a thorough post-flight check typical of long flights, Kirby said.

"The cause of death as well the other circumstances surrounding this incident remain under investigation," Kirby said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the young man's family."

The aircraft had been in Mali on a regular mission.

Asked how a boy could have potentially sneaked onto the plane, Kirby noted that security measure at various airfields are not uniform.

"The aircraft is a rugged aircraft designed to operate in austere locations. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody that the security at some of these fields is not going to be at the same level," he said. "We shouldn't expect that the security environment in every location that these aircraft operate in will be at the same high standard."

German authorities will have the lead in the investigation, the official said. The U.S. Air Force is cooperating.
by on Jul. 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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4ever-SJ
by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM

how awful!

violinjewel
by Julia on Jul. 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM
Very sad.
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MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM

 Oh no. I wonder how they will identify this boy?

SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Wow, that's so sad :(.
cocoroo
by Coco on Jul. 30, 2014 at 4:12 AM
That is about 30 minutes from me. I'm surprised my son didn't tell me about it.
krissy920
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 5:57 AM

its tragic he died, but its scary to think he got on a af plane  without anyone knowing, and the fact eboli is  spreading like wildfire over there :(

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM
Oh my...
sbranom
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

http://www.stripes.com/apparent-stowaway-found-dead-in-wheel-well-of-plane-at-ramstein-1.295812

According to this article, it is believed the boy came from Mali.  I wonder how they will identify him?

KikiKia
by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I have heard of people trying to stowaway on planes and dying as a result, just like how this kid did. :( how tragic.

PAmomoffour
by Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM
That was my thought as well. Also if he could hide there what else could be hidden there? Scary thought

Quoting krissy920:

its tragic he died, but its scary to think he got on a af plane  without anyone knowing, and the fact eboli is  spreading like wildfire over there :(

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