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Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:47 am

A lot of this has been going on lately, specially with people crawling in landing gear compartments. Iv seen in many undercarriage compartments, and how do you think these people keep from falling out when the gear is retracted, due to the fact that most the time the part they would be sitting on opens during retraction so the gear can be fully covered and retracted? Has anyone ever heard of someone living thro that? I bet as soon as the a/c becomes airborne and the noise and wind and cold hits they probably realized "this was a stupid idea"....

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RE: Stowaways

Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:59 am

Most wheel-well stowaways die from the lack of oxygen at altitude, that is if they don't freeze to death first.

I've only heard of one guy surviving a trip in a wheel-well, and he almost didn't - I believe it was from Havana to Madrid or somewhere in Spain, back more than 20 years ago. If I recall, he had severe hypothermia but the fact that he was wedged (nearly crushed) in the gear well slowed his body functions so he was able to survive, albeit unconscious.

I recall hearing once upon a time that the areas around the approaches to LHR used to get the bodies of stowaways falling out of the sky fairly often, when the aircraft would lower their landing gear... I remember hearing that most of those (attempted) stowaways were from India and Pakistan.
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RE: Stowaways

Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:12 am

Ive heard about that Havana story as well ( was in a book I had as a kid, I remember being faascinated by that story!) and I thought it had something to do with him being really wedged up into the wiring or something- i mean REALLY crammed up that well somewhere- to the point where the wheel didnt crush him and he didnt fall out when it landed....
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