PA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2008 posts, RR: 23 Posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 16827 times:
Did a search and didn't come back with anything on this... This is beyond bizarre, to the point of incredible. The news report cannot be accurate. How is this possible?
A 15-year-old boy from the Urals suffered acute frostbite after riding the wing of a Boeing-737 plane on a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow, Russian radio station Mayak reported on Monday.
After clinging on for the entire 1300-kilometer (808-mile) flight to Vnukova Airport, the boy, named Andrei, collapsed onto the tarmac. His arms and legs were so severely frozen that rescuers were at first unable to remove his coat and shoes, the radio station said.
The airport did not confirm the report. "We have no information on this," the Vnukovo press service told RIA Novosti.
However, Moscow's air and water transport control department said the radio's claim was true.
Lrdc9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16779 times:
How would you be able to hold on to a slick, apparently icy surface for two hours. That does not make any sense. Furthermore, if he was so icy, wouldn't his fingers stop holding onto what ever they were . finally, don't you think a pax or pa would see him? I'll bet you $1000 (monopoly money), that this is totally false. That's pretty much impossible. You're right WTF?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 16279 times:
"MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) - A 15-year-old boy from the Urals suffered acute frostbite after riding the wing of a Boeing-737 plane on a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow, Russian radio station Mayak reported on Monday."
Comrades, I think we have a classic case of "something lost in the translation" here.
While some have construed "riding the wing" as being the wing's upper surface (an obviously impossible situation for the many reasons already given), I suspect the original situation was actually one where the boy was attempting to ride in the main gear well. Some may have erroneously conclude that "the wing" of the 737 runs from wingtip-to-wingtip, straight through the fuselage, and be oblivious that the main gear well even exists.
Not that there's much room inside a main gear well, but then again, it was a 15 year-old boy. Was he a small one? The tireburst screens on the 737s disappeared about a year or two after the 733s came out, so maybe there was just enough room for this teen to avoid getting killed by the retracting gear, not that the cold and hypoxia did him any good.
Toast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16081 times:
Definitely a mistranslation. The French and Spanish versions both say "inside the wing", which I can only presume was supposed to mean in the main gear well between the wings. Unless he rode in the wing's fuel tanks?
Still hard to believe, though. How much free space can there be in a 737 gear well?
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21544 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16007 times:
Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 7): While some have construed "riding the wing" as being the wing's upper surface (an obviously impossible situation for the many reasons already given), I suspect the original situation was actually one where the boy was attempting to ride in the main gear well.
There is no reason to guess at anything. There is ALREADY A THREAD ON THIS and the boy was inside the wheel well of the 737, one of the main gear (not the nose).
The OP said he did a search, I pointed out there was another thread about it already, so he didn't search that hard...
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
Looks like he might be losing both of his hands. The last link mentions the boy stowed away inside the landing gear of a Boeing 373. The other links mention he rode out the flight in a niche in the jet's wing and a few articles mention he was 'clinging' to the wing.
I wonder if we'll ever really know the exact story...
MATURRO727 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14927 times:
WOW thats impressive
he is really lucky to be alive cause if he was in the main gear the temperature out there probably could have been something like -20º to -30ºC because if it was a 2 hour flight, then the altitude must have been something like 30.000ft. Besides how can you breath sufficient amount of oxygen at that altitude????
cause if i'm not wrong the 733 doesn't have main gear doors. or at least doors that cover up the tire itself.
Kaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13814 times:
Quoting MATURRO727 (Reply 20): cause if i'm not wrong the 733 doesn't have main gear doors. or at least doors that cover up the tire itself.
Doors or not, the main wheel well is outside of the pressure hull. On a B747, A340 or any other jet you wish to pick, he'd have suffered a similar fate... Very cold and very little in the way of oxygen. One possibility is that if you look where the plane was departing (Urals) it is already very cold and the boy was probably wearing thick clothing (in comparison to the people who try and ride from africa wearing nothing but their thin cotton clothes.
The wheel well is also a VERY scary place to be. Can you imagine for a young boy how terrifying it would be to have the wheels coming in towards you. They wouldn't be spinning but would definatly be making a racket. Heck, i shit myself everytime i'm in the wheel well and someone switches the electric pump on.
Interesting read non the less...
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