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Post time 2007-7-20 09:38:21 |Display all floors
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The body of a suspected stowaway was discovered in the landing gear of a United Airlines passenger jet shortly after it touched down in San Francisco from China, officials said Thursday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the body of a male was discovered in the nose gear of United Airlines flight 858 from Shanghai by maintenance workers at around 7:30 am (1430 GMT).

Gregor said the death highlighted the perils of attempting to stowaway in the under-carriages of passenger jets.

The FAA was aware of 74 instances of people trying to hide in wheel wells of passenger planes since 1947. Only 15 had ever survived, Gregor said.

"The mortality rate for this is around 79.7 percent," Gregor told AFP, citing prolonged exposure to sub-zero temperatures.

"It's extremely dangerous and invariably leads to death. Most people die because they are crushed by the landing gear, they freeze or they fall out of the plane," he said.

The most recent case of somebody surviving came in 2004, when a stowaway hid in a flight from the Dominican Republic to Miami, Gregor added.


United Airlines aircraft. The body of a suspected stowaway was discovered in the landing gear of a United Airlines passenger jet shortly after it touched down in San Francisco from China, officials said Thursday.(AFP/File)
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Post time 2007-7-20 10:07:24 |Display all floors
poor guy ! he finally arrive in America but he doesn't know it any more .

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Post time 2007-7-20 10:44:30 |Display all floors

How sad?

Why go to the U.S to be a black labor but not enjoy in China as a first-class citizen??

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Post time 2007-7-20 15:03:12 |Display all floors
Originally posted by cathyruan at 2007-7-20 10:44
Why go to the U.S to be a black labor but not enjoy in China as a first-class citizen??


They follow the myth that it will be better for them.

How disappointing.
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Post time 2007-7-21 01:20:27 |Display all floors
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Post time 2007-7-21 03:04:36 |Display all floors
Originally posted by changabula at 2007-7-20 01:03
They follow the myth that it will be better for them.

How disappointing.


Sounds like you claim personal experience - care to elborate?
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Post time 2007-7-21 03:47:07 |Display all floors

Sounds to me.....

like a good reason  for airlines to implement a policy of exercising the landing gear in mid-flight.   Surely it must be global knowlege that you won't survive hiding in the well space of the landing gear for hours at 35,000 feet.   Another candidate for this years Darwin awards....

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