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Stowaway survives flight from Africa to Amsterdam hidden in wheel section of plane


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Officers found a stowaway alive in the front wheel section of a Cargolux freight plane that arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Sunday, according to Dutch military police.

The Boeing 747 freighter took off in South Africa, some 11 hours away by air, and stopped en route in Nairobi, Kenya, according to flight data.

"The man is doing well considering the circumstances and has been taken to a hospital," said the police - who are responsible for Dutch border control - in a statement.

Royal Dutch military police said the man's age and nationality had not yet been determined.

https://news.sky.com/story/stowaway-survives-flight-from-africa-to-amsterdam-hidden-in-wheel-section-of-plane-12523742

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60104010

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Wow, must be some air pressure and circulation to help out.

Only ever skydove from 12,000 feet so didn't need oxygen.

Can only imagine the temperature and air at 35,000!

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Its well known in the air logistics industry that Cargolux ship nearly everything. :lol:

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1 hour ago, quiXilver said:

Wow, must be some air pressure and circulation to help out.

Only ever skydove from 12,000 feet so didn't need oxygen.

Can only imagine the temperature and air at 35,000!

He was unconscious when found. At first they thought he was dead.

https://www.nhnieuws.nl/nieuws/298277/verstekeling-overleeft-vliegreis-in-landingsgestel-naar-schiphol

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2 hours ago, quiXilver said:

Wow, must be some air pressure and circulation to help out.

Only ever skydove from 12,000 feet so didn't need oxygen.

Can only imagine the temperature and air at 35,000!

I was curious about that too.  Did a little research.  At 35K the air temp would be between -50C and -70C depending on season and location.  His environment wouldn't have come close to that, though because he was inside a fast-moving vehicle - IOW, blocked from the effects of the wind speed.  Still it would likely be 15-20 below for the most of the trip.  He had one stop-over as well where he might have had a chance to warm up a bit.   Nairobi would be roughly the half-way mark, so there would have been about two, 5-6 hour segments with a break in between.  I can't understand how he didn't die from lack of oxygen.  

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

Update:

Stowaway found in South Africa plane wheel is 22-year-old Kenyan

The Dutch military police have confirmed a stowaway found alive in a plane's wheel section in Amsterdam on Sunday is a 22-year-old Kenyan man.

He plans to apply for asylum in the Netherlands.

He is conscious and able to communicate, and currently receiving medical treatment in hospital.

The Cargolux freight flight he was found on flew from Johannesburg, South Africa, to the Dutch capital, via Nairobi in Kenya.

Dutch police are investigating whether he got on in South Africa or Kenya.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60114968

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