A 24 year old man was found dead on top of a business rooftop after falling to his death from the plane he had stowed away on. The man apparently was hiding away in the 747’s wheel well, which is a common place for stowaways to hide.
A second man from the flight who was clinging to the plane’s undercarriage is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
David Learmount, a consulting editor of Flight International magazine, saidÂ “If a person was in the wheel well of a plane on an 11-hour flight, thereâ€™s really very little chance of surviving.”
The man would have had very little oxygen at 35,000 feet, and would have to endure frigid temperaturesÂ as low as lowÂ -40 degrees. This leads him to believe that the man must have sneaked into the baggage hold section of the aircraft, which raises serious security questions.
Aviation expert and test pilot Simon Sparkes said the survival of a stowaway on an airline is a remarkable feat which would normally require a great deal and pre-planning and knowledge.
Â â€œJust getting to an aircraft would require breaching the security of an airport but this is really insignificant when one considers the challenges of actually finding somewhere to hide and then surviving,” he commented.
A British Airways spokeswoman said: â€œWe are working with the Metropolitan police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.â€
H/T [The Guardian]