Stowaway’s corpse in Saudi jet’s wheel bay after Nigeria trip

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Saudi airline workers found a body in the wheel well of an airliner on Wednesday after the plane returned from Nigeria, official media said.

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The plane operated by Saudi Arabian carrier “flynas” was undergoing a regular check after landing at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, the Saudi Press Agency said.

It had returned to the kingdom after transporting a load of pilgrims back to Nigeria after the annual hajj.

“An unidentified corpse of a dark skinned person was found in the back wheel storage,” the report said.

Stowaways occasionally risk death by sneaking into aircraft wheel wells.

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Nigeria is one of the main sources of illegal migrants trying to reach a better life in Europe through dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean.

Nigerians have also been among the hundreds of illegal migrants intercepted off the Red Sea coast of oil-rich Saudi Arabia this year.

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