MYT332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9119 posts, RR: 67 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7874 times:
The body of a man was found Tuesday in the wheel well of a plane that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport from London's Heathrow Airport, authorities said.
Port Authority police found the body of a man believed to be in his 30s on British Airways Flight 177 after the plane landed at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
How about that then? Why would he have been up there, trying to get a free flight to New York or could he have been ground crew? Kind of strange, kind of sad, kind of dumb??
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7547 times:
From a security point of view, this is scandalous! The guy could have decided to blow up the plane and become a martyr. Doesn't make you any more confident of flying when you hear these kind of stories does it?
MYT332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9119 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7469 times:
Some more info, the plane was a B747 and had been in Lagos, Nigeria on Christmas Eve! They believe the Nigerian man climbed in the wheel well here and presumably had been flying around with the a/c since that date up until Tuesday.
Srilankan_340 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 202 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7398 times:
It's pretty scary from a security point of view if this sort of thing happens at LHR. Where is all the security?
No number of Air marshals on board can stop a bomb placed in the wheel compartment from exploding!!
BTW, I remember reading in the papers some year's ago a man actually survived the journey from (I am not too sure if it was from India/Pakistan). Was found walking on the tarmac at LHR in a confused state. It's a miracle how he survived the extremes of temperatures when the wheel was retracted (The extreme heat from the tyres) and then the sub zero temperatures during the flight!
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Aanalyst From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7307 times:
I would agree with MYT332. I really, really doubt that the person in question was boarded at LHR. With security there it would be fairly difficult, if not impossible to climb up into the wheel well unnoticed. However, if the person worked at LHR it could be possible, although doubtful. I would tend to agree that whoever the poor chap was, he had flown around for at least a few flights before being discovered at JFK
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Lijnden From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7302 times:
Strange story that some corpse is in a wheel compartment for several flights. Doesn't the captain and maintanance check tyres, engines etc. before each flight? Wouldn't a corpse fall out during touch down impact (landing)or before when the gear bays open? Wouldn't a coprse being sqeezed when wheels are put up during take-off? And if there is ample space for that, it would be for sure a good place to hide a bomb or drugs. Obvious nobody checks it out!
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Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7138 times:
This is really nothing new to the aviation scene. It happens very often.
People that are really desperate even try to get a free ride that way.
I remember a dead person being found in the woods surrounding the Frankfurt/Main airport. The strange thing was that the person a) was frozen (something like minus 50°C) and b) was found right on the flightpath to one of the runways.
I always ask myself how they hold on while the gear is pulled up or released as there are quite a few parts "moving" at that moment and that makes it hard to hold on to anything.
This only shows the wheelbay of a 738 (I guess that it is larger on the big birds) but it kinda shows what I mean...
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6984 times:
Christ, this is the second time in a week this has happened. First a Jamaican guy is found dead in the wheelwell of an AA plane as a stowaway, and now this. Freaky things are starting to happen now. Who knows, this guy might have been trying to sneak on board and hijack the plane. It is a common strategy for doing this, though rather risky since you would freeze to death in the process. This guy probably got the idea from the Jamaican. It is a sign to me Al Qaeda may be planning to go skyward again with their lplans.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6661 times:
Everyone is focusing on the potential terrorist implications of wheel-well riding, but none of these people have been proven to be terrorists, just poor, desperate people from the 3rd world trying to get somewhere for free. While security should of course prevent it, these are just the 21st century equivalent of stowaways romanticized by alot of books and movies. As 2004 approaches, I think it's very sad that there are still people so poor and desperate that feel they have to resort to this, only to end up dead.