WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force secretary says something obviously “fell through the cracks” in the security of a military cargo plane that allowed a young boy to stow away and die in a compartment near the landing gear.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says officials will review security protocols and what was actually done to protect the plane. She and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh say it’s too soon to tell what may have happened.
Welch says it appears the boy died of asphyxiation, and that initial reports suggest he climbed into the compartment in Mali.
The boy’s body was found Sunday during a detailed inspection after the C-130 cargo plane landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.