Stowaway Survives Flight

Posted Jun 10th 2010 12:35 PMUpdated Jun 10th 2010 12:51 PM



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Experts are calling lucky a 20-year-old Romanian man who hid in the wheel well of a jet for a 90-minute flight from Vienna to London, and survived.

The man was reportedly going to London to look for work. According to several news reports, he snuck through a perimeter fence at the Vienna airport, and the climbed onto the undercarriage of a private Boeing 747 for the trip.

Schwechat police chief Leo Lauber told The Associated Press that the jet belonged to a high-ranking sheik from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and that there were no passengers onboard.

After landing at London's Heathrow Airport, Lauber said the man fell out from under the plane and was arrested by police. He remains in custody, and there was no word on whether or not he sustained any injuries.

Britain has restrictions on the number of Romanians who can work there. An investigation into the incident is underway in both Vienna, where security was breeched, as well as in the U.K.

"Due to specific circumstances of this flight, he is lucky to have survived, because survival in these cases in quite rare," Sidney Dekker, a professor of flight safety at the School of Aviation at Sweden's Lund University, told AP. "But on another level, this incident also illustrates the absurdities of security checks."

The man may have survived because the aircraft flew lower than usual due to bad weather.

Other stowaways have not been so lucky. For instance, earlier this year a body was found inside the landing gear of a Delta plane that had flown from New York to Tokyo, the man dead from what was believed to be hypothermia.

Romanian authorities declined to reveal the man's name.
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Tera Boyd

This guy was lucky...back when the rag heads only had camels he would have had to crawl into another orfice..

June 11 2010 at 6:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All of you arguing about English are morons. It soon won't matter anyway because the superior language which is Spanish is fast replacing your antiquated English. Adios, redneck losers

June 11 2010 at 5:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mindy, It's not a good idea to display your own stupidity while trying to point out to someone else, theirs.

Your response is made up of sentence fragments and improper capitalizations.
In addition, Jim put the apostrophes in FRONT of the "s"'s and not behind them.

The word "jets" is not a proper noun and doesn't need to be capitalized.

Your transition from "..word. Especially.." should be "word , especially" since that is the completion of a thought, and not a new one.

Your last sentence fragment has no subject. It should read "They should appear as stowaways, jets, and miles."

(Geez, it's like the blind leading the blind.) :->

June 11 2010 at 3:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why are people able to access the planes??? This is quite alarming, especially the flight from New York to Tokyo. This is probably great news for Suicide bombers.

June 11 2010 at 3:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm still reeling from the fact he survived!!!

June 11 2010 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tinker Bell

This might be a new way for the airlines to make some extra cash. Give em a heating blanket and a tank of air.

June 11 2010 at 3:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

About two miles?...that is only 10,560 feet..most commercial planes fly at no less than 13,000 feet...absolute zero is -459.7 F...there is no way it can get that cold in our atmosphere...if it is 30 F at sea level it is about -50 F at 30,000 feet...please learn science before you comment...

June 11 2010 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim, please don't put apostrophes behind the S of a plural word. Especially when the whole point of your comment is to call someone else stupid. Should be stowaways, Jets and miles.

Just sayin' - - -

June 11 2010 at 1:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mindy: In correcting Jim, you neglected to mention it's not "thier home" as he stated and would be properly spelled as their. Jet's would be accurate when describing the wheel compartment of an individual jet.

June 11 2010 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If I was flying that plane and found out that guy was in the wheel well,i'd climb to 35,000 ft and lower the landing gear.

June 11 2010 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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June 11 2010 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If I were a pilot, I'd crush into you even if that costs me my life...

PS: I am a Romanian, just like that guy, and you are nothing but a spoiled, little rich mum's boy who knows close to nothing about life!

June 20 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now why wasn't I informed that there are regions in Earth's macroenvironment at which absolute zero occurs naturally? I've been meaning to conduct some experiments with superconductors, and the liquid helium is just so expensive and difficult to store!

June 11 2010 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Russell's comment

RUSTY: I guess you were not important enough to be

June 11 2010 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim had the right idea though. He means well below the toleration range for humans to survive. Most people aren't exactly familiar with the Kelvin scale,and have no clue know how it compares in terms of degrees farenheit. You boys shouldn't give each other such a hard time.

June 11 2010 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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