Dead child's body discovered in US Air Force plane

The body of a dead child has been discovered in wheel well of a US Air Force plane that landed in Germany, NBC News reported.

A child's body was discovered in a US Air Force C-130, similar to this one. Credit: Reuters

It is believed that the youngster climbed aboard the C-130 Hercules transporter in Mali, but the flight made several stops before coming to its final destination at the Ramstein Air Base.

A senior American official told the station that the body, which was not visible during a routine safety inspection, was discovered during a post-mission maintenance check on Sunday.

German authorities have taken charge of the investigation and autopsy because the body is not American. The US military is also investigating how he got into the wheel well in what appears to be a serious security breach.