Body Found in Wheel Well of Jet

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A man's body was found early Friday in a wheel well of an American Airlines jet from Miami landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The body was found about 1 a.m. by an airport worker after passengers had disembarked. A cause of death and identity for the man, who was in his 20s, were not immediately known.

Detroit Metro spokeswoman Barbara Hogan said the flight originated in the Caribbean, but the airline wouldn't confirm where it originated. American Airlines said the plane left Miami about 9:45 p.m. Thursday and landed at Detroit Metro about 12:50 a.m.

The Wayne County medical examiner's office was conducting an autopsy, she said.

American Airlines spokeswoman Jacquie Young said the body was found in the left main wheel well of the Boeing 737. She said the circumstances surrounding the death remained under investigation.

People have attempted to stow away on flights in the wheel wells of airliners, a practice made particularly dangerous by severe temperature and pressure conditions.


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