The body of a child stowaway was found in the landing gear of an Air France flight from in Abidjan to Paris on Wednesday, sources close to the investigation have told French media.
According to the report, the lifeless body of the child stowaway was found after Flight 703 left Abidjan on Tuesday and landed at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, the airline said in a statement, expressing its “deepest sympathy and compassion for this human tragedy.”
A French police official said the victim was a young African who hasn’t yet been identified, and that an investigation is underway. Such stowaway attempts are extremely rare, and nearly impossible to survive, the official said.
French media reported that the victim was a child migrant, though the official said it was too early to determine the victim’s age. The official wasn’t authorized to be publicly named, according to police policy.