Romanian survives 90-minute flight in plane's undercarriage

9th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A 20-year-old Romanian survived a 90-minute flight from Vienna to London after stowing away in the undercarriage well of a jet, a Vienna airport spokesman said.

The man, who was not named, was found injured and suffering from hypothermia at London's Heathrow airport on Sunday. He had reportedly survived because the aircraft flew low to avoid bad weather.

Spokesman Peter Kleeman said the incident was being investigated.

The plane, which was carrying no passengers, belongs to senior figure of the United Arab Emirates. It had arrived in Vienna Thursday and had been parked at the airport, according to the Austrian daily Kurier.

Migrants seeking to reach Western countries regularly stow away in aircraft wheel-wells but few survive as they die from cold and lack of oxygen, falling to the ground as the undercarriage doors open before the plane lands.

© 2010 AFP

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