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Indonesian stowaway survives hour-long flight in plane's wheel bay

Stowaway survives in the wheel bay of a Garuda jet.
Stowaway survives in the wheel bay of a Garuda jet. Image by Kentaro IEMOTO / CC BY-SA 2.0

An Indonesian man survived a one-hour flight from Sumatra to Jakarta by hiding in the Garuda jet’s wheel bay. Reports indicate the 21-year-old had wanted to visit Jakarta, having been born in the capital, but could not afford a plane ticket. Airline officials claim the lucky survivor, who was treated at the airport’s clinic, was the third stowaway since 1981 known to have survived hiding in an Indonesian plane’s landing gear bay. Lack of oxygen, and extreme cold, has killed other stowaways on longer flights. Read more: bangkokpost.com