Body of Nigerian stowaway found in Saudi jet after discharging pilgrims

By Oluwatoyin Amao 

Saudi airline workers found a body in the wheel well of a plane yesterday after it returned from Nigeria.

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 risk death by sneaking into aircraft wheel wells.

The body is suspected to be that of a yet-to-be identified young Nigerian seeking greener pastures outside the country.

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

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