Man survives 11 hours on plane’s landing gear

TRANSPORT – Unenviable travel conditions for such a long journey. A stowaway traveled 9,000 km between Johannesburg and Amsterdam, well hidden in the front landing gear of a cargo plane, the military police announced on Sunday January 23.

The man, still unidentified, would have slipped on board the plane before its departure from Johannesburg in South Africa, said Joanne Helmonds, spokeswoman for the Royal Dutch Military Police.

“The man was found alive in the nose gear of the plane and was taken to hospital in stable condition,” she told AFP, adding that “he is completely remarkable fact that the man is still alive”. A very dangerous act indeed when you know that flights between Johannesburg and Amsterdam last on average 11 hours.

Stowaways on flights to the Netherlands are rare, according to Joanne Helmonds, who notes that previous attempts have involved people from Nigeria and Kenya.

Last year, border police discovered the body of a Nigerian man in the undercarriage of a plane arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

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