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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Stowaway Survives Flight in Landing Gear of American Airlines Flight

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On Saturday, a stowaway managed to survive a more than the two-hour trip from Guatemala City to Miami by climbing inside the unheated and oxygen-depleted landing gear of an American Airlines plane.

Engineers at Miami International Airport (MIA) spotted the Guatemalan stowaway immediately after the Boeing 737-800 arrived at the gate.

The disheveled man was seen straining to stand up after the arduous flight in a video posted on Instagram by the local Only in Dade account.

The great majority of stowaways who attempt to hitch a ride on the landing gear of commercial aircraft perish in dangerous circumstances.

The fortunate ones who make it to their destinations alive are frequently wounded by the perilous conditions they must endure, such as sub-zero temperatures and crush injuries.

Flight AA1182 was “met by law authorities due to a security issue,” according to American Airlines. The carrier stated it was “operating with law enforcement in their inquiry,” according to a spokeswoman.

The stowaway was transferred to a local hospital for evaluation, and US Customs and Border Protection has subsequently detained him.

The 26-year-old stowaway “attempted to elude detection in the landing gear compartment of an airplane coming from Guatemala Saturday morning,” according to the agency.

“The individual was evaluated by emergency medical services and taken to a hospital for medical assessment,” a spokesperson for CBP continued. “This incident remains under investigation.”

Even though the flight took just over two hours, the jet reached altitudes of nearly 30,000 feet.

A stowaway’s body fell from the landing gear of a plane on final approach to Heathrow Airport in 2019. The body was said to have fallen into the lawn of a South London property, narrowly missing a sunbathing homeowner who was only three feet away.

The stowaway had climbed into the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi, where he would have been subjected to temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius (-76F).

In 2015, following an 11-hour journey from Johannesburg, a man fell from a British Airways plane onto the roof of an office building in Richmond, West London. In the fall, the man was beheaded and cops discovered him in an air conditioning unit on the roof.

A second guy was discovered comatose in the plane’s undercarriage but died from injuries acquired during the flight many months later.

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