SEREKUNDA, Gambia ( Associated Press) — A man has been found dead in the landing gear compartment of a flight from The Gambia to Britain.
Government spokesperson Abrima G. Sankreh said in a statement on Tuesday that the body of an unidentified black man was found on a British charter airline TUI Airways jet that flew from the Gambian capital Banjul to London’s Gatwick Airport.
Shankareh said the flight took place on 5 December and that the Gambian government had received information about it from police in Sussex, England.
“According to information, the deceased black man was found in the landing gear compartment of the aircraft without documents to determine his name, age, nationality or itinerary. So, it is not clear at this point in time who it is,” he said.
According to the statement, the body is at a morgue for DNA testing, and Gambian authorities are cooperating with British police.
In 2015 Dutch authorities found a body in the landing gear of a plane at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. In November, three stowaways were found on top of a ship in the Canary Islands after an 11-day voyage from Nigeria.
“This unfortunate event, although unusual, indicates the desperation of people who are willing to take such a risk to migrate,” said Rida Liamouri, a research fellow for the New South, New South Wales-based economic and political policy centre. Said. Think Tank Morocco.
“It will make some Africans unwilling to take the risk to reach Europe, and unfortunately we will continue to see people die in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel desert,” he added.