Child's body found in military plane wheel well

(CBS NEWS) -- The body of a child of unknown nationality was found in the wheel well of an American C-130 aircraft after it landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the stowaway was a black male who may have been of African origin. The flight originated in Mali but had other stops in between, Martin reports.

Kirby said the body was found during a routine post-flight maintenance inspection of the cargo plane.

He said the body had been turned over to German authorities for autopsy, and the matter is under investigation. He said it is not known when or where the stowaway entered the landing gear wheel well.

In addition to identifying the child, Martin reports, officials will now have to determine how a child managed to sneak into the wheel well of an American military aircraft.

The plane had stopped for refueling in Sigonella, Sicily, but it is considered unlikely the child got on there because Sigonella is a secure base.

In April, a 15-year-old boy survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a commercial jet's wheel well.


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