Stowaway Threatens Safety Rating

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
By George Hatcher


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What: Arik Air Airbus A330-200 en route from Johannesburg South Africa to Lagos Nigeria
Where: Lagos
When: Sep 20th 2010
Who: 1 stowaway
Why: The body of a young Nigerian man was found in the wheelwell. How the stowaway accessed the airport and the aircraft is a mystery. There is inadequate oxygen in the compartment to survive. Due to the quick turnaround there, the body was not discovered in Johannesburg.

The carrier fears the incident will cause the airline to lose its recent Category 1 safety status US rating.

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