Nigeria: Boy Who Hid Himself In Aircraft Tire Thought The Plane Was Going To America
“I Thought The Plane Was Going To America” - Boy Who Hides Himself In Arik Aircraft Tire Confesses - Daniel Ihekina, the young boy who was arrested at the arrival terminal of Lagos’ Muritala Muhammed International Airport on Saturday thought he was going to the United States Of America. The teenage stowaway who was arrested after flying in the
tyre hole of an Arik plane from Benin to Lagos on Saturday morning, thought he was on a US-bound flight.
A source at the Benin Airport who disclosed this said the boy’s parents had already departed for Lagos in search of the stowaway.The airport source, who did not want his name in print said, “From what we heard, the boy said he was being maltreated and tried to escape from his parents. He thought he was on his way to the US.
“The parents have travelled to Lagos by road, to get him back.”
While confessing to FAAN officials after his arrest, Daniel claims maltreatment he received from his parents forced him to attempt to leave them for good.
Daniel Ihekina said he was disappointed when he discovered he was still in Nigeria.
The alleged hero of many Nigerians has been handed over to SSS Officials for further investigation as his parents head to Lagos to pick him up.
Daniel Ihekina allegedly hid himself in the tire compartment of a Lagos-bound Arik Air flight on Saturday. The flight took 35 minutes.
Unknown to him another boy who made the desperate move in 2010 was found dead when the plane landed in America.
Can you spot the disappointment on his face?
Stowaway: Pix 1: A teenage boy, Daniel Ihekina, who hid in the tyre hole of Arik Air flying from Benin to Lagos. Pix 2: The boy being led away by security agents.
The body of a stowaway has been found in the landing gear of a plane at Heathrow Airport.
A man believed to be Turkish and in his 30s was discovered in the British Airways Airbus A320 that flew from Istanbul to Terminal 5 yesterday.
Police were called by airport staff shortly after 11am and are trying to confirm his identity and trace relatives.
The airline said it will hold talks with authorities in Istanbul and officers from Scotland Yard as they investigate how the man managed to access the plane.
A spokesman said: “We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police after a body was found in the landing gear bay of one of our aircraft at Heathrow.
“They are investigating how this incident took place, which involved an Airbus A320 that arrived into Terminal 5 from Istanbul just before 11am on Thursday July 18.
“This is a very sad event and our thoughts are with the individual's family.
“Our security measures with regard to unauthorised access to aircraft are focused on prevention and we review every airport we fly to on a regular basis.
“We will be liaising with the Istanbul authorities as they investigate how this incident took place.”
A post-mortem examination was due to take place at Uxbridge mortuary.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called by Heathrow Airport staff at 11.10am on July 18 and informed of a possible body found in the undercarriage of a flight that had arrived shortly beforehand at Terminal 5.
“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and located the body of a male who was pronounced dead at the scene.
“At this stage, officers believe the deceased is a Turkish national aged in his 30s. Attempts are now being made to confirm his identity and inform next of kin.”
This follows the death of another suspected stowaway, Jose Matada, 30, whose body fell from a plane on the Heathrow flight path in September last year.
The Mozambican was found in Portman Avenue, Mortlake, shortly after a flight from Luanda, Angola, passed over.
Staffers at a Moscow airport found a man’s body in the landing gear bay of a plane shortly after it arrived from Italy. A preliminary investigation suggests the body was there four days, and made several flights.
The man was reportedly identified as 22-year old Georgian national Giorgio Abduladze; identifying documents were found in his pockets. Investigators believe Abduladze died from the cold temperatures at a high altitude, as he was wearing only a T-shirt and shorts.
“Apparently the man died from exposure to cold; we suspect that he was a stowaway,” a spokesperson for the investigation said.
Abduladze’s body was discovered on Thursday during a post-landing inspection of the right landing gear of an Airbus А-330 aircraft after a night flight from the Italian resort city of Rimini to Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.
A thorough search of the landing gear bay was ordered after droplets of blood were discovered on the machinery.
Russia’s aviation regulator said it would consult with Italian authorities on how the pre-flight servicing and inspection of the plane was carried out in Rimini. The aircraft belongs to the Russian charter airline I Fly.
However, Italy says it's impossible that the man got into the plane at its airport, suggesting that he may have journeyed on the aircraft for more than one flight.
“Authorities are currently examining all the circumstances of the accident, but we are confident that the deceased man could not get on board the Russian aircraft in our airport,” Rimini's Federico Fellini International Airport’s director general Claudio Fiume told RIA Novosti.
To support his point, Fiume stressed that the body was found in the part of the plane only licensed staff have access to, but there is no such staff member in the Rimini airport and thus the aircraft was not checked.
But Russia’s investigation say that autopsy results showed the young man died at least four days ago. Therefore it can’t be ruled out that Giorgio Abduladze got on the plane in a third country as the aircraft was completing a charter flight to different countries in the past few days.
Cases when people try to escape flight check-in procedures have not been that rare in recent years. With freezing temperatures as low as -55C and scarce oxygen in the high-altitude air, such trips are grueling, often deadly, ordeals for stowaways.
In 2012 a dead man in his mid-twenties was found in west London after he fell from a Heathrow-bound flight from Angola. Later, he was identified as a Mozambican trying to illegally get to England for better life.
In 2010, a teenage boy traveled 300km in a plane’s landing gear after escaping an orphanage in eastern Siberia. He was exhausted by the journey, and was taken to hospital upon arrival.
In 2009 the similar case happened in Russia’s Far East. Filipp Yurchenko, 19, curled up in the wheel well of an A320 plane operated by Vladivostok Avia and was believed to have died from lack of oxygen and freezing temperatures. Also that year Atlanta International Airport staffers found a stowaway’s body in a plane operated by Delta Air Lines that had arrived from Africa.
In January 2007 the body of another man of African origin was found on a Delta operated plane after it landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport from Senegal. It was later found that the stowaway had been killed by the wheels of the plane.