Stowaway found dead at German airport

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21 July 2004, DUSSELDORF - A 20-year-old Cuban who hid in the undercarriage bay of a tourist Airbus in the vain hope of making it to Germany was found dead on Wednesday, killed by the high-altitude cold.

21 July 2004

DUSSELDORF - A 20-year-old Cuban who hid in the undercarriage bay of a tourist Airbus in the vain hope of making it to Germany was found dead on Wednesday, killed by the high-altitude cold.

An aviation mechanic found the body as she was checking the wheels of the wide-bodied Airbus 330-200 in Dusseldorf. Police pathologists said the stowaway had died two days earlier, indicating he crept aboard during a stopover in the Cuban resort of Varadero.

Attempts to hitch a ride in the non-pressurized part of an airliner regularly result in death from exposure and the lack of oxygen. In some cases, the stowaway's body is also crushed by machines or falls out when the wheels are extended.

The body, dressed in just a T-shirt and trousers, was found after the LTU plane landed with 295 returning German holidaymakers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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