Stowaway survives 11 hours in the cockpit of a plane


Landing gear of a large Boeing 747-8 – certainly not the most comfortable place on the plane (archive image).
Picture: Photo – FAZ Wolfgang Eilmes

Incredible but true: A man from South Africa spent eleven hours in the plane’s landing gear. He traveled 9000 kilometers from Johannesburg to Amsterdam. In which he is very lucky.

EA passenger survived eleven hours in the landing gear bay of a plane. A Dutch police spokesman said Sunday that the man had been found by police at Amsterdam airport on a flight from South Africa. He was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition.

“It is significant that the man is still alive,” the spokesman said. The average flight time between Johannesburg and Amsterdam is eleven hours.

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