Dtw9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1167 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 16109 times:
Local Detroit news stations reporting a thin build black man was found dead in the wheel well of an american airlines flight from Miami to Detroit at 5am this morning. The flight originated in the Domiomn Republic No further info at this time
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 15925 times:
I remember similiar stories on flights arriving from Cuba and South Asia - bodies have been found on the approach path into LHR, people who climbed into wheelwells on flights from South Asia, froze to death or at least lost conciousness en route, and fell out when the gear were lowered on final approach. Icky.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15731 times:
Wasn't an Arrow Air DC8 eventually written off in SIN,I believe,because a stow-away was crushed in the nosegear-well when the gear was retracted - the crew had indications that the gear wasn't all stowed and they had to return.
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ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 15186 times:
I guess this guy didn't care for AA's "more room throughout coach" - so he decided to take a seat in his own compartment.
They showed the aircraft this morning on the local news here in Detroit...a crew was changing a tire on the main landing gear when they discovered the body (the aircraft was a 738 which arrived from Miami at 1120pm last nite). No one knows where he climbed into the wheel well....Domincan Republic, Miami or possibly somewhere else.
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NZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14739 times:
Don't these people realize you don't make it alive? They always get killed.
They don't always get killed. I recall in August 2000 the story of the stow-away on an Air France flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles. That particular story got quite a lot of media attention here, not only because the flight involved was routed with a stop through Los Angeles on its way to France, but more importantly because the man actually SURVIVED the 8.5 hour flight in the wheel well.
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 14375 times:
Backfire - You hit the nail on the head -- The issue is not stowaways. The issue is how did these people get access to the aircraft. If you can sneak a body aboard you can get something more dastardly aboard as well.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14014 times:
I remember at the beginning of the year there was a story about a BA 747 and they found a dead guy in the wheel well. He had been on it for about a week or so and as it happened the dead guy was 'onboard' on one of my flights!
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Posti From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13761 times:
How much can a flight from the Dominican Republic to Detroit cost, $1500? It's sad that people risk their lives for a relatively small sum of money. I realize that money doesn’t grow on trees but I'll take alive and broke over an expensive funeral any day. Sad
Foxiboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 208 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13667 times:
When i worked for translift/transaer we had a contract for the late air afrique, a flight from ougadougu a guy hid in the wheel well he survived but fell out on landing in CDG , he was in hospital for a while then deported, however a couple of weeks later the same thing happened but the guy died, scary thing was it was the same guy. One must have to be desperate to try this.