Following the death of a child in the landing gear of an Air France aircraft from Abidjan, the Ivorian government promises to do everything to prevent this kind of situation from happening again.
Never again. The promise was made in a statement from the Ivorian ministry of transport. « The necessary measures are being taken so that this type of incident does not happen again at Ivorian airports, » says the text signed by Amadou Kone, Minister of Transport.
When taking off from Félix Houphouët-Boigny Airport for Paris, the Air France Boeing 777 left the Ivorian economic capital with a stowaway who was hiding in the well of a landing gear. But when he arrived in Paris, the boy was found dead. How did he die ? Cold due to the temperature (-50 °) or depressurization at an altitude of 9,000 m?
We must await the conclusions of the investigation currently being conducted by the Bobigny court in Paris. And that of Abidjan, the results of which should be delivered « as soon as possible ». But already, Amadou Kone indicates that it is a boy « aged about 17 years » and promises to file a complaint against X for « serious violation of airport security provisions and endangerment of others ”.
Responding to criticisms of the Ivorian security system, Amadou Kone spoke of the results of the recent audit carried out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) at Abidjan airport.
« This incident does not call into question the excellent results obtained over the past three years in the fields of aviation safety and security by Félix Houphouët-Boigny Airport, which has just passed with satisfaction the last ICAO audit carried out. less than a month ago from December 11 to 19, 2019.
However, not enough to dispel fears of observers. « As a pilot, I have already seen people along the track several times, without anyone knowing who they are and where they come from, » AFP pilot testified. the Abidjan flying club, speaking on condition of anonymity.