Illegal Passenger Found in Plane Wheel, Survived After 11 Hours of Flight

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AMSTERDAM, KOMPAS.TV – A stowaway was found hiding in the wheel of a plane that had just landed in the Netherlands.

He was found safe after hiding in the plane’s wheelbarrow on a flight from South Africa for 11 hours.

The incident occurred at Schippol Airport, Amsterdam, Sunday (23/1/2022).

Dutch authorities said they were very surprised to find that the stowaway survived.

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According to the Dutch military police, the stowaway, whose age and nationality were not disclosed, crawled into the wheelhouse on the Cargolux cargo plane.

Based on flight data, the Boeing 747 cargo plane took off from South Africa and landed in Nairobi, Kenya.

However, it is still unknown whether this man boarded the plane from South Africa or Kenya.

“Right now our top priority is his health,” said police spokeswoman Joanna Helmond Daily Star.

“It is very unusual for someone to survive given the cold temperatures from that height. This is unusual,” he said.

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