Naked man climbs onto wheel of moving Qantas plane
A Canadian man intent on travelling to Australia is reported to have stripped off his clothes, run naked across the tarmac at Los Angeles airport and climbed into the wheel well of a moving Qantas aircraft.
Thirty-one year-old Neil Melly apparently took the bizarre action after his attempt to buy a one-way ticket to Australia was rejected because he could not supply a valid credit card.
The aircraft was forced to stop and Melly was eventually coaxed out of the wheel well and arrested for trespassing, an airport spokeswoman told Reuters.
If the plane had not stopped, she said, he was likely to have died after falling off the aircraft during take-off, being crushed by retracting landing gear, or freezing to death.
Melly appears to have reached the plane by climbing over an airport fence topped by three strands of barbed wire.
It is understood he suffers from bi-polar disorder.