A child's body was found in the landing gear of an Air France plane that flew from the Ivory Coast to Paris

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An Air France Boeing 777 plane.

  • A child's dead body was found in the landing gear of an Air France plane in Paris' Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Tuesday.
  • Air France confirmed that a dead body was found in flight AF 703 after it flew in from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, but did not give the victim's age.
  • Sources told Agence France-Presse that the body was that of a ten-year-old child.
  • Asylum seekers sometimes use this method to hide to try and travel to other countries, but it's a difficult journey to survive.
  • Oxygen levels at aircraft cruising altitudes are around 75% lower than at sea level, and temperatures can reach -76 degrees Fahrenheit (-60 degrees Celsius).
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The body of a dead child was found in the landing gear of an Air France plane after it landed at a Paris Airport on Tuesday.

Air France confirmed on Twitter on Wednesday that a body was found on flight AF 703 after it landed in Paris' Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. It had flown in from the Ivory Coast's Port Bouët Airport near the country's economic capital, Abidjan.

It said in a statement: "Air France confirms that the lifeless body of a stowaway was discovered in the well of the landing gear of the aircraft performing flight AF703 connecting Abidjan (ABJ) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on January 7, 2020."

Air France did not give an age for the deceased child, but a source told news agency Agence France-Presse that the body was that of a ten-year-old child.

An unnamed French police official told The Associated Press that the victim was a young African person who has not yet been identified. The child's gender and nationality is not publicly known. An investigation is underway, they said.

They also said that it was too early to determine the the victim's age.

Sources told AFP that the body was found at around 6.40 a.m. local time in the well of the landing gear -the space above where the wheels come out of the plane and where the wheels are stored between takeoff and landing.

This is where the area is found, as seen on a Boeing 777 operated by a different airline:

Landing gear

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The wheel well of a Boeing 777's landing gear. This is not the Air France plane involved in the incident.

This is a place that stowaways sometimes hide to try and travel to other countries, but an area in which it is very difficult to survive a flight.

Oxygen levels at the altitude planes fly are around 75% lower than they are at sea level, and temperatures can reach -76 degrees Fahrenheit (-60 degrees Celsius).

The dead bodies of stowaways can sometime fall to the ground when pilots opens the well so the wheels can descend for landing.

A body fell from a plane in London in July 2019 as a plane approached Heathrow airport.

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