to updateA stowaway has narrowly escaped a journey from South Africa to the Netherlands. The man was found by the Royal Dutch Marechaussee in the wheel housing of a cargo plane in Schiphol. Royal Dutch Mariechussi said on Twitter that the man was doing well under the circumstances. He was taken to the hospital.
The man was discovered around 11 am on Sunday at Amsterdam Airport. It’s not clear where he got on the plane from, but he did spend several hours–maybe eight or more–in the wheel arch.
The fire service removed the man from the plane. Then it turned out that he is still alive. He was suffering from hypothermia, and after his temperature rose, he was taken to the hospital. His age and nationality are not yet known.
Remarkably, the stowaway survived the flight. Since 1947 At least 128 people around the world Hiding at the wheel of a passenger plane as a stowaway, according to FAA figures. Almost all young people. At least 75% did not survive the flight.
In the past five years, six stowaways have been found in plane landing gear in the Netherlands. Five of them died.
About a year ago, Marichussi at Maastricht Aachen Airport found a 16-year-old Kenyan passenger in the fore-wheel of a wool Airbus A330 operated by Turkish Airlines. The teen was taken to hospital with symptoms of hypothermia.
On April 19 last year, maintenance technicians in Schiphol found the remains of a man who had not survived a nearly 7 hour, 7,000 km flight in the wheel arch of a plane from Nigeria.
It’s fairly easy to get into the landing gear. The intruder jumps on a wheel, climbs the wheel bar and pulls himself into the wheel arch. In that closet there is enough space for someone, at least near the rear wheels, even if the wheels are folded after leaving.
When an airplane takes off and the wheels fold, the landing gear doors close as well. Wheel arches are not part of the cabin or cargo hold. The air becomes thin and the temperature drops rapidly, at an altitude of 10 km the outside air is minus 50 degrees Celsius.
When the plane takes off, the air thins and the temperature continues to drop, and the stowaway slowly drowns until he loses consciousness. Then hypothermia begins and the heart stops beating. Death comes silently. “Sometimes we find corpses that are still frostbitten, it was very cold,” Detective Fons of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee said last year. against this site.
How some stowaways survive remains a mystery. In 1996, the American physician Stephen Verono stated that the body in the wheel arch gets so cold quickly that it goes into a kind of hibernation, so that it needs less oxygen to survive. “When the plane lands, the body warms up and consciousness can return.”
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