Kind of nasty. What do you guys think went wrong?
Feb 20, 2001
A body was found in the wheel well of a U.S. Airways jet that landed at San Francisco International Airport on a flight from London, it was reported today.
The unidentified man was discovered a few minutes after the plane touched down late yesterday. The cause of death was not known.
Flight 741 originated at London's Gatwick airport and made a stop in Pittsburgh before landing in San Francisco at 9:13 p.m.
US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said it was unknown where and when the man boarded the jet.
London authorities said the victim appeared to fit the description of a man who was arrested at Gatwick on Sunday for attempting to gain access to an airport. The man was released on bail and authorities planned to fax his fingerprints to California.
A mechanic checking a possible hydraulic leak found the man in the 767-200's center wheel well, which is about 15 feet wide and 20 feet long, said airport duty manager Mike Towle.
Last August, a man survived a freezing flight across the Pacific in the wheel well of an Air France jet that landed at the Los Angeles airport. The flight originated in Papeete, French Polynesia.