Monday, January 29, 2007

Cheat Flight Turns Expensive

Contrary to recent rumors, this passenger's flight was NOT booked by Priceline.

Body found in wheel well of jet at LAX
A British Airways pilot checking a plane at LAX before a trip to London discovers a youth who may have been a South African national.

A youth was found dead Sunday in the wheel well of a British Airways jet at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

A British Airways pilot found the body during a routine preflight check and notified airport officials about 4:30 p.m. The 747-400 had arrived from London Heathrow Airport at 3:15 p.m. and was to depart for a return flight at 5:20 p.m.

Authorities had not identified the victim as of late Sunday, saying only that he was a young black male. A source familiar with the investigation said the youth — believed to be 17 or 18 — carried documents identifying himself as a South African national born in 1989.

Law enforcement and aviation officials at the scene had not determined whether he got into the aircraft in London or its previous departure point of Hong Kong.

"The investigation needs to run its course to determine where and how the victim obtained access to the aircraft before it landed at LAX Sunday afternoon," said Paul A. Haney, deputy executive director of airports and security for Los Angeles World Airports.

There have been several incidents in recent years of people climbing into airplane wheel wells — usually ending in death, authorities said.

A body was found Jan. 12 in a plane that landed in Atlanta. The man, who carried no identification, was believed to have entered the compartment when the plane left Dakar, Senegal, for the nine-hour flight to Atlanta.

Extreme cold and a lack of oxygen in the wheel wells make the odds of survival slim. Stowaways also have fallen from the wheel wells or been crushed by the landing gear.


At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given what it's like to fly these days, I'll take the wheel well every time!

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At 10:55 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

It's not like they are serving meals anyways...but the -50° Fahrenheit is just a little much for me.


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