Unsafe passage: ‘Stowaway’ fell from plane, say police

Published: January 15, 2011

A man apparently fell from a plane in Al Faisal town in Lahore on Thursday night.

LAHORE: 

Police on Saturday confirmed that the body found on the roof of a house in Al-Faisal Town had fallen from an airplane.

The initial inquiry report has been forwarded to the airport authorities, who are still denying that the suspect fell off a plane.

Police finalized their investigation report after local witneses submitted their statements saying they saw the person fall from a plane.

The body has not been identified as yet.

The pilot of an Airblue flight had contacted the control room immediately after take-off and reported a malfunction while closing a plane’s wheels, air traffic control sources said, informing the controllers a few minutes later that the problem had been rectified.

The air traffic controllers said that the time of the flight’s take off coincided with that of the man’s fall, saying it was likely that the stowaway was hiding in the plane’s wheels which might have caused the wheel’s malfunction.

Civil aviation authorities sought records from two carriers, Shaheen Airways and Airblue. None of the employees of the carriers or other departments of the Allama Iqbal airport in Lahore reported anyone missing.

Airport Security Force (ASF) also provided CCTV footage of the runway and aircraft of both the airlines, with the footage not showing anyone near the planes at the time of take-off.

Police have said that they will only take action after the body’s autopsy report is completed.

Updated from print edition (below)

Unsafe passage: ‘Stowaway’ crash lands on rooftop

Police are investigating whether a body found on a rooftop in Al Faisal Town in North Cantt police limits was a stowaway trying to flee the country by clinging to a plane’s landing gear.

The residents of Street 5 in Al Faisal Colony reported hearing a loud bang between 9:10 and 9:15 pm on Thursday night at one of the houses on the street. A flight headed for Dubai had recently taken off from Allama Iqbal International Airport, which is located close to the colony.

The owner of the house, retired PTCL employee Haji Muhammad Afzal, found a body on the roof, his son Muhammad Faizan told The Express Tribune. “We tried to move the body but all the bones were shattered, especially his upper body, the arms, shoulders, chest and hips. There was blood everywhere and his head was split wide open,” he said.

Faizan said there was a crack in the roof where the body landed. He said the man had been wearing grey pants, a brown checked shirt, a jacket and torn socks. His neighbours and other colony residents all believed that the body fell from a plane. SI Muhammad Ishfaq Ahmad of North Cantt police said that the man’s jacket and parts of his body were covered in thorns from a variety of weed found in abundance at grounds around the airport.

He said that having seen the condition of the body, he believed the man could have fallen out of a plane. He said that both arms were broken just behind the elbow, as was his jaw. He said the man looked to be in his early twenties and his pockets were empty. He said his fingerprints had been sent to the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) for identification.

SI Muhammad Abbas said that the man had grease and tyre carbon stains on his arms and face, indicating that he may have been holding on to landing gear. He said that when police arrived at the scene, there were some 200 people gathered around the house in the street and they corroborated the story of the residents of the house.

Airport officials doubted that the dead man could have fallen from a plane.

Allama Iqbal Airport Manager Amir Mehboob said that nobody could hold on to a plane’s landing gear for as long as the apparent stowaway would have had to. He said the house where the body was found was one aerial mile from the airport. By that distance the plane would have ascended to nearly 20,000 feet, and humans could not survive at that altitude. “Had this happened, the person would have fallen at least half a mile back,” he said, as he would have not been able to hold on to the landing gear for long enough to ascend to that height.

He said the second big hole in the story was that the body should not have fallen out early in the flight when the landing gear was retreating back into the plane. “He would have been stuck inside the plane and fallen out at the time of landing,” he said. He added that he would have to wait for the autopsy report to draw a final conclusion.

Security officials at the airport denied that the man could have gotten to the plane by crawling through the airport grounds, despite the plant matter found on his body. Airport officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if the man was indeed a stowaway, it would cast suspicion of negligence or corruption on airport officials.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (83)

  • yousaf sohail
    Jan 14, 2011 - 7:05PM

    SHAME ON YOU PAKISTAN…..!Recommend

  • kashif shah
    Jan 14, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Murder? or extremely stupid!Recommend

  • Hira Shah
    Jan 14, 2011 - 7:37PM

    i can’t believe this!Recommend

  • Junaid Ansari
    Jan 14, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @Yousaf Sohail: Hey Watch your language. Its people like you, who are dirt on the face of Pakistan. You have no right to say shameful words that you just said before finding out what exactly happen. Shame on you Yousaf Sohail for being so demoralized. I have a feeling you are not even Pakistani.Recommend

  • Umer Cheema
    Jan 14, 2011 - 7:47PM

    unbelievable Recommend

  • Jan 14, 2011 - 8:11PM

    @yousuf sohail- Stop blaming Pakistan for every other thing. This is a strange event that could have happened anywhere.Recommend

  • thunderbird
    Jan 14, 2011 - 8:24PM

    @yousaf sohail: Brother you don’t have any right to directly place your views/blame pakistan for this incident/act. Instead of condemning the act you are increasing the ‘wave propaganda’ which in every pakistani’s view is not good. This is our country, our nation. If you blame your nation then you are not worthy to deserve this nation, or let’s just say this nation does not deserve you.?
    May we get the right leaders soon inshAllah!Recommend

  • waqar
    Jan 14, 2011 - 8:26PM

    100% agreed with Junaid Ansari….Recommend

  • Shahzad Raza
    Jan 14, 2011 - 8:29PM

    Hope this case is not buried under the piles of other cases…Recommend

  • Indian-in-America
    Jan 14, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @Junaid Ansari
    Here is a very easy test for finding out:
    – Any one supporting Pakistan is a Pakistani.
    – Any one opposes any thing happening in Pakistan is part of a hidden conspiracy to defame Pakistan and the Ummah !. (i.e. He cannot be Pakistani and not a Muslim) Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:18PM

    @ Junaid Ansari, Totaly agree with you. People like Yousaf Sohail are a liability for this world.Recommend

  • Feika
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:37PM

    Jumping to conclusions is what we are good at and Mr. Yousuf Sohail seems to be from the same school of thought. Perhaps he doesn’t know that a few years ago 2 Indian men have done the same thing by holding on to wheels shaft of the plane and one of them died of hypothermia while the other was found lying in a field near London Heathrow. He survived all odds and came out of his coma after many years. National Geographic has done a show on that too but I don’t think anyone has labelled the Indians as such. The were Sikh and brothers by the way.Recommend

  • Jan 14, 2011 - 9:43PM

    i think (not sure) its a breach of airport security and that guy was trying to escape or like that.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:49PM

    How did they know he was twenty years old if no identification was found on him? Recommend

  • Majid Urrehman
    Jan 14, 2011 - 9:54PM

    It is not possible.Recommend

  • Ahmed Khan
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:03PM

    What the hell. poor boy :(Recommend

  • RKM
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:03PM

    @ Junaid Ansari…Junaid Ansari, use your brain, the kind of fear we live in all the time. looks like you are not a pakistani, the kind of things we pakistanis face in daily lives. Looks likeyou have not experienced those, if you havent and still u sound like it.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:15PM

    What does postmortem reports indicated ??? Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:23PM

    We are economically in pits & no wonder people are desparate to leave the country to find jobs abroad. But our leaders are buying F-16, atomic submarines, Al Khalid tanks & other toys. Shame on us. Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @ Yousaf Sohail

    Its not happen only in PAKISTAN.
    AMERICA, BRITAIN, AFRICA also had incidents of same type, watch NEWS.
    DID pakistan ask him to hang with tyre and go to DUBAI? Then why shame for PAKISTAN.

    He was doing some thing illegal, he didnot do effort and believe ALLAH. The DEAD should be shameful, the act he was going to do, and even his death gave a shame to PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • ABC
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:52PM

    i think someone was learning flying on ultra light air plane, which you have to fly without instructor. Police should involve (LFC) Lahore Flying Club… !!Recommend

  • Nwaq
    Jan 14, 2011 - 10:53PM

    @Yousaf Why u r ready to jump at Pakistan?What Pakistan has not given to u?Let the situation be clear before criticising our beloved homeland.Sadly the virtue of patience is dying in our society.Recommend

  • Nida Tahseen
    Jan 14, 2011 - 11:16PM

    oh its a weird incident.. never heard of someone falling from a plan like this.
    may his soul rest in peace.. Recommend

  • Ozone
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:08AM

    strange…Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:24AM

    How can someone just fall from a plane without anyone knowing anything about it?Recommend

  • Waqar
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Although, these kinds of incidents are rare, they are far from isolated cases.

    Stowaway survives journey to Heathrow airport.

    The most plausible explanation might be a stowaway hidden in a wheel-well. Although, we will have to wait for an investigation from CAA and a postmortem to determine whether there was trauma inflicted before the ground impact.

    I doubt that anyone would jeopardise a plane’s air cabin pressure by opening a door and offloading a body at such high altitude.

    Sadly, desperate circumstances requires desperate measures from desperate individuals.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Poor guy .. and a sad story .. Recommend

  • Asif
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:45AM

    Tragedies of this sort happen all over the world. There is nothing wrong with Pakistan, we have problems but that shouldnot mean we can go blaming our homeland.Recommend

  • Sheraz Shamim
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:12AM

    I think he was hidden in landing gear box as it was happened in the past too and could not resist the lack of oxygen cold and drop from the aeroplane.This is the only thing possible for this incident.You cant open the gate of plane during flighting flight.
    for yousuf I believe as ur thinking wrong this is not the case of murder atleast so Pakistan is not defame my this act believe me :)Recommend

  • kashif
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:26AM

    @junaid
    u r right..
    @yousuf…
    shame on uRecommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 1:31AM

    UFO? Aliens? Recommend

  • sashayub
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:39AM

    oh, had the man not fallen off the plane….he would most probably have landed with the shaheen/airblue flight most probably going to dubai…..it is a commonly used method by most african countries’ people to get out of their countries…..so now, this too has come to pakistan…Recommend

  • sashayub
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:40AM

    i am sure, he was hiding in the landing gear….which can generally house at least one slim person/child other than the wheel of the aircraft….nothing newRecommend

  • Fakhra
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:56AM

    O GOD i m shocked. what is happening in this worldRecommend

  • Umer Iqbal
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:10AM

    I think they ran short of seats like always and this time put the guy with the tires…Recommend

  • Kashif Hameed
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:17AM

    Very sad to hear it. May Allah forgive his all sins. Amen.Recommend

  • Akbar
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:36AM

    May be he was an angel thrown out of heaven ;o) I have heard people falling off from busses and trains. This was the last thing that could ever happen. Can somebody called Guinees Book of Record?:Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 2:46AM

    May Allah bless his soul. May have been someone trying to sneak on via the fuselage to escape the Mullahification of PakistanRecommend

  • Usama Zafar
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:54AM

    How is this even possible??Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:06AM

    @ Yousaf Sohail:
    Shame on Pakistan because some stowaway fell from the plane..? Are you in your senses ? Next time, a rickshaw hits a tree in Lahore and you would think the entire Pak nation must be ashamed .. What a joke.
    Haris Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 3:32AM

    stop being judgmental yousafRecommend

  • mullah jan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:45AM

    Wake up people and show guts like people of Tunisia Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 15, 2011 - 5:29AM

    How can a man fall from a plane once the plane’s doors are closed?? If they opened then surely the whole cast and crew must be knowing and this incident would have been much more serious. This is a super strange story!Recommend

  • Haroon Nadeem
    Jan 15, 2011 - 6:01AM

    Exactly. No need to critize Pakistan or Pakistanis for that matter. Similar incidents have happened in other parts of the world as well including USA. We should wait for the investigation first before commenting on the issue.Recommend

  • moeed
    Jan 15, 2011 - 7:58AM

    @junaid ansari well saidRecommend

  • Sannan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:00AM

    So sad Every day some thing happened bad in Pakistan May God Bless Every oneRecommend

  • Ali Ameen
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:10AM

    @Yousaf Sohail
    Why don’t You Go outta My country!!
    Leave us alone with what we are and what we have
    At least we still have some hopeRecommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 9:14AM

    Shocking ! Yes ! it is. Because this is the first time an incident of this sort has taken place in Pakistan. One sees this enactment in the movies but in our country…….definitely for the first time. No two opinions about it.

    Salams and best wishes for 2011. Recommend

  • MAD
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:48AM

    @Yousuf Sohail

    Shame on Pakistan for what………a man stows away on a plane and falls out. whats Pakistan got to do with that.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:53AM

    I am so sorry what happened but its kinda funny to me that how a man can fall off out of the plane and not only that so strange things happen in our lovely countryRecommend

  • Adeel
    Jan 15, 2011 - 10:56AM

    @ Yousaf Sohail watch ur language.. Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:16AM

    I feel sorry for this young man. He was obviously desperate to get a new life for himself and his family. RIP, young man. I shudder to think how horrific his last moments would have been.Recommend

  • Nusrat
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Jumping to conclusion is what some people are good at, and Mr. Yousuf Sohail seems to belong to the same group. I tell you that a couple of years ago, two sikh brothers attempted to escape to foreign land and somehow holding on to the landing gear of a plane bound for London.
    One of them died of hypo thermia and the other one was found in the fields near London Heathrow. He survived all odds and came out of his coma after a couple of months or years (I don’t remember accurately). National Geographic had even done a story on that. But nobody labelled India for that like Mr. Yousuf Sohail did for Pakistan.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jan 15, 2011 - 11:45AM

    @ yousaf sohail & Indian-in-America

    Pakistanis dont care what you think. Pakistan is going to rise and we will ensure itRecommend

  • Eeman
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:42PM

    People want to sneak out of Pakistan. No matter how. Recommend

  • smssr84
    Jan 15, 2011 - 12:44PM

    tubha astakfar!!…. baat kuch hazm nahi horahi! :S…. how can someone fall off a plane! :SRecommend

  • Fakhra
    Jan 15, 2011 - 1:02PM

    @smssr84 obviously bcoz he was not inside the planeRecommend

  • reader
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:11PM

    UNBELIEVABLE :SRecommend

  • SUB
    Jan 15, 2011 - 2:25PM

    @yousaf sohail: Utter NonsenseRecommend

  • Lalit
    Jan 15, 2011 - 3:56PM

    Why do some Pakistanis always attach national pride or shame with every next event happening in their country? common guys,this is just a bizarre event…dont take to your heart. Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2011 - 4:43PM

    RIP.

    But this is too strange. May be we are missing something here?Recommend

  • Suresh
    Jan 15, 2011 - 6:28PM

    @J.Oberoi, I too feel same way! While so many criminals from both India and Pakistan easily and quickly escape from the law enforcing agencies by taking immediate flight abroad, in first class luxury with proper VISA’s, and most of the time stay back in these western countries, poor people such as this unfortunate man suffer horrible death in their desperate attempt for a new life.Recommend

  • Amer
    Jan 15, 2011 - 8:10PM

    This is a strange case. My guess is that he fell off from a plane that was landing and not from one that was taking off. Allah knows best, hopefully they can at least figure out who he was…Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 15, 2011 - 8:39PM

    What the Heck? how can you blame pakistan for actions of an individuals… like someone already mentioned this happens all the time in every part of the world. Do you know how many mexicans die crossing the US border every year? Do you know how many east euros die crossing the border into west….. Recommend

  • Humayun
    Jan 15, 2011 - 9:18PM

    Hi All,

    Its very sad that one person lost his life lets pray for his departed soul whoever he was, was he trying to escape by hiding under the plane Allah almighty knows well..

    Pakistan Zindabad..Long live PakistanRecommend

  • Ali
    Jan 15, 2011 - 10:42PM

    its sad ended that way if the story is indeed true.
    I smeel foul play in the official story and i think its a homicide and needs to be investigated.
    May Allah provide courage to breieved family and bless the poor lad.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:57AM

    @ Suresh,
    While so many criminals from both India and Pakistan easily and quickly escape…”
    So very true!
    A year ago, I met an illegal Afghani who undertook a perilous journey to reach the shores of the UK. Few of the people he travelled with him survived, particularly so on sea using crude boats. Once they reached Eastern Europe, they would stowaway in articulated lorries destined for the United Kingdom. Many would die from the lack of oxygen and dehydration in these lorries as they would be tightly sealed to prevent customs officials detecting carbon minoxide exhaled from the illegals in these lorries.
    The clothes on this weather worn Afghani were literally falling off and when he showed me a photo of his large family living in a makeshift tent with little food, it really humbled me and I took pity on this man. My family helped him out financially.
    It is desperate circumstances that drive such people to desperate measures.

    May God help alleviate the misery and poverty of ALL desperate people around the world.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 16, 2011 - 1:11AM

    It is a sheer negligence of security at Lahore Airport.

    How it is possible for a person whether a legitimate passenger or a worker working at the apron to go and find a suitable place to sit or adjust himself at the place of airplane wheels?

    Probably the person wanted to go to Dubai without a valid visa and without purchasing a ticket. The question arises: how did he manage to go under the airplane?

    Any person who does not have access to go cross the departure lounge and boarding gate cannot reach the apron are where the airplanes are usually parked. It seems that the person was having access to reach the airplane and it could only be possible when he has been issued an airport pass and working as functionary of the airport.

    The authorities should launch a full scale investigation by going through the CCTV recording and find out that who was the person and what he was doing under the airplane? Recommend

  • sohaib
    Jan 16, 2011 - 2:22AM

    Nothing to do with Pakistan here.But look at the airport officials. They dont want to admit that the man fell off the plane because they will have to investigate and some corrupt and incompetent officials will be exposed. This incompetence coupled with corruption has brought our country to its knees. Recommend

  • singh
    Jan 16, 2011 - 6:11AM

    It is not isolated incident. Case like this happen before. And I believe it will not last. When human condition are bad it can do anything. I read Pak papers everyday, 99.999% news are very bad which reflect the condition of society which is rotting from inside out. Lot of commentator are very intelligent & writing +Ve comments. Need of time for Pakistan is having majority of those. Real democracy is answer to all evil. Spread education.Recommend

  • fedup
    Jan 16, 2011 - 10:19AM

    It is indeed very sad and shocking that a person died like this…he must be trying to go to some other country to earn good for himself and his family back in home…..May Allah forgive his sins.
    And thnx to our soulless government, ‘coz they don’t care what ever is happening to the people who elected them for the government. Recommend

  • Tanweer Ahmed
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:28PM

    It did not happen for the first time in this world, see this:

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-02-19/news/fl-body-falls-from-plane-201002191stowaway-british-airways-jet-landing-gearRecommend

  • Kashif
    Jan 16, 2011 - 11:08PM

    He is a poor guy because he has nothing in his pockets reported in news paper.Increasing of continuously poverty cause such types of accidents. Shame on our government who is doing nothing to finish poverty. Recommend

  • humanity
    Jan 17, 2011 - 2:20AM

    @yousuf sohail :: shame on u!!!!!!!!!
    @Ali ameen :: agree with uRecommend

  • Shah
    Jan 17, 2011 - 4:30AM

    @yousuf: how can a stowaway’s death b linked to shame on pakistan
    @indian-in-america: dont concern urself wid us. Who is asking for ur advice
    @RKM: go live somewhere else if u dont want to live in pakistan
    @junaid: Sahi farmayaRecommend

  • Maqsood
    Jan 17, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Mr. Yousaf Sohail, hold your tongue Recommend

  • Mr. Khan
    Jan 17, 2011 - 10:18AM

    God Bless Pakistan and its people!,Recommend

  • Praise
    Jan 17, 2011 - 2:22PM

    May his soul RIP…
    this is the reality of human nature…we like to argue and blame others, without considering the deeper issues. Shouldn’t we be concerned about his family and the loved ones he left behind, he very well could have been their only hope. May Allah bless his family. Recommend

  • Praise
    Jan 17, 2011 - 2:46PM

    This is not an isolated incident… heres the proof
    After reading the following incidents would you blame their countries or governments….most likely not….

    19-year-old Clarence Terhune hid himself onboard the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin airship in 1928, becoming the first stowaway to fly across the ocean.[3]
    On 4 June 1969, Armando Socarras Ramirez and Jorge Perez Blanco climbed into the right landing gear well of an Iberia DC-8, Flight 904 from Havana, Cuba to Madrid, Spain. Socarras survived the flight with severe shock and exposure. Initially it was thought Perez fell from the aircraft during flight, either during a secondary retraction to clear a warning light, or during landing preparation as Socarras indicated he spoke to Perez during some duration of the flight. Later he claimed that Perez attempted to climb into the left well, failed and believes Perez is in a Cuban prison.
    In 1970, Keith Sapsford, a 14-year-old boy, died after falling from the wheel-well of a Tokyo-bound Japan Air Lines DC-8 taking off from the Kingsford Smith Airport at Sydney, Australia.[4]
    On 28 July 1999, Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara were stowaways who froze to death flying from Conakry, Guinea, to Brussels, Belgium. Their bodies were later discovered in the aircraft’s wheel bay. The boys were carrying a letter, written in imperfect French, which was widely published in the world media.
    On 12 August 2000, Roberto Viza Egües hid himself in an Air France cargo container in Havana, Cuba and arrived in Paris, France the following day suffering from exposure but otherwise in good condition. France eventually denied his application for asylum based on lack of evidence of persecution and deported him back to Cuba.
    On August 5 2000, an unidentified Tahitian man was discovered in the wheel well of Air France flight 71 in Los Angeles that originated in French Polynesia and was to go on to Paris. The man spent seven hours hours inside the unheated and unpressurized landing gear at 38,000 feet and survived temperatures of 50 degrees below zero. His body temperature registered 79 degrees, which can be fatal, and he was taken to UCLA medical center where he recovered fully. He was flown back to Tahiti under orders from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. [5]
    On 24 December 2000, 16-year-old Maikel Almira and 15-year-old Alberto Rodriguez climbed into the wheel wells of a British Airways Boeing 777 in Havana, Cuba. Almira’s body was found in a field five miles from Gatwick airport in England. Rodriguez’s body fell from the aircraft the following day as it departed for a flight to Cancun, Mexico. Almira had left a note for his mother indicating he was going to the United States, however tragically the departure of a Miami bound flight had been delayed and the flight to Gatwick took over its take off slot.
    On June 8, 2005, the remains of a stowaway were found inside the wheel well of a South African Airways aircraft when it landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, arriving from Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal.[6]
    On January 28, 2007, a 17-year-old male from Cape Town, South Africa was found in the wheel well of a British Airways flight in Los Angeles, CA. He had died from exposure as a stowaway on a previous flight and the body had not been immediately found. That flight had last been in Cape Town five days earlier, on January 23, 2007.[7]
    On July 19, 2007, maintenance workers at San Francisco International Airport found a dead man in the wheel well of a United Airlines Boeing 747 arriving from China after an 11-hour trip.[8]
    On October 11, 2007 A man known as Osama R.M. Shublaq was reported to have been a stowaway aboard Singapore Airlines Flight 119. The flight, which took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at around 10:56 PM, arrived in Singapore.[9]
    On July 3, 2009 The body of a man was found in the undercarriage of a jet traveling from Ghana to Britain.[10]
    On August 9, 2009, the body of 19-year-old Filipp Vitaliyevich Yurchenko from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was discovered in the landing gear bay of an Airbus A320 aircraft after the flight from Irkutsk to Vladivostok, Russia. According to experts, the man had been dead for at least five days.[11]
    On December 26, 2009, Habib (25) from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, India who was working at Medina airport with a Saudi ground handling company, got into the plane which returned to Jaipur, Rajasthan, India last night from Medina, Saudi Arabia, and hid in the toilet. Habib’s presence came to light after the flight took off from Medina when a passenger went to the toilet. Air India sources said he got into the plane on the pretense of cleaning it. During questioning, it was ascertained that it was a case of stow-away and Habib did not intend to harm anybody, but rather, was fleeing Saudi Arabia, where his passport had been confiscated, and forced to work as a bonded labourer.[12]
    On February 8, 2010, a body was discovered in the landing gear compartment of the Delta Airlines flight which arrived in Tokyo from New York. A mechanic found the body inside one of the wheel wells of a Boeing aircraft during maintenance. The man, who was of dark complexion and dressed only in blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, was carrying no passport or personal belongings, police say. He was possibly a stowaway and probably froze to death, they added.[13]
    On February 18, 2010, the body of an apparent stowaway fell from the wheel well of a plane taking off from the Dominican Republic. The 767 aircraft — Amerijet flight 840 — landed about two hours later without incident at Miami International Airport. The flight originated in Santo Domingo.[14]
    On June 9th, 2010, a 20-year-old Romanian stowaway survived a flight from Romania to Britain in the undercarriage of a Boeing 747 owned by a wealthy Arab sheik. He was taken into custody at Heathrow airport, where he reportedly fell out of the landing gear undercarriage. Paramedics checked him over, but he had suffered only minor injuries. It was reported he only survived because the jet flew at a lower cruising altitude of 33,000 ft (rather than the standard 37,000 ft) because of poor weather.[15][16]
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  • Aamir+Ali
    Jan 19, 2011 - 12:31AM

    These incidents happen all over the world, most recently in North Carolina. No need to condemn all Pakistan for this.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:20PM

    he studies in my school………..Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:42PM

    HOw did he get to the plane’s wheels anyway?????
    Poor boy, trying to leave and this is wwhat happened
    Imigration to hard for the poor????? I dont knowRecommend

  • qadar
    Jan 22, 2011 - 12:59AM

    yousuf is not wrong 100%, how can a man get into a plane illegally , something is going wrong in the airports Recommend

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