A child stowaway was found dead Wednesday in the undercarriage of a plane at a Paris airport, officials said, having probably frozen to death or asphyxiated on the flight from Ivory Coast.
France’s national airline said an investigation was underway.
“Air France confirms that the lifeless body of a stowaway was found in the landing gear compartment of the aircraft operating flight AF703 from Abidjan to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on 7 January 2020,” Air France said in a statement.
The airline also expressed its “deepest sympathy and compassion at this human tragedy.”
Air France declined to comment on French media reports that the stowaway was a child.
A source in the office of the local prosecutor leading the investigation said she was not aware of the stowaway’s age or identity.