A STOWAWAY hiding in the front wheel of a cargo plane has survived the brutal 11-hour journey from South Africa to the Netherlands.
The Dutch military police yesterday said the man was found in the wheel section below the fuselage.
Miraculously, the stowaway of the Cargolux 747 cargo plane was found in good condition despite the arduous journey after arriving at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
“The man is looking at the situation well and has been taken to hospital,” the Dutch military police said.
Marechousse spokeswoman Joanna Helmonds said the man’s age and nationality have yet to be determined.
“Our first concern is of course his health,” she said.
“It’s certainly very unusual for someone to be able to survive the cold at such an altitude – very, very unusual.”
A spokesperson for freight carrier Cargolux confirmed in an email that the stowaways were on a flight operated by Cargolux Italia.
“We are not in a position to comment further until the authorities and the airline have completed their investigation,” they said.
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According to Schiphol’s website and flight tracking data, Cargolux’s only cargo flight to Schiphol on Sunday was a Boeing 747 freighter that departed from Johannesburg and made a stop in Nairobi, Kenya.
An airport spokesman declined to answer questions about the incident.
Last year, a camp fugitive survived a 5,600-mile flight by clinging to a jumbo jet wheel at -60C – while his mate plummeted to the ground dead.
Themba Cabeka, 30, held the undercarriage of the jet for the entire 11-hour flight from South Africa to London Heathrow in 2015.
A fugitive believed to have been found in the landing gear of a plane after hiding on a flight from Guatemala to Miami was captured on video Saturday.
In 2019, the body of a stealthy migrant fell in the back garden of a home in Clapham, London, while a tenant was sunbathing at 3,500ft.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8253486/stowaway-survive-south-african-flight-amsterdam-plane-wheel/ Stowaway survives an 8,400-mile flight from South Africa to Amsterdam in the plane’s WHEEL on its 11-hour journey