How to Freeze, Suffocate, or Brain Damage Yourself; Or Terror at 38,000 Feet

Monday, April 21, 2014
By George Hatcher

Everyone following Aviation News by now has already heard of the sixteen-year-old boy who rode stowaway in the wheel well of a 767 from California to Kahului Airport in Maui Hawaii, surviving impossible conditions of 38,000 feet. Surviving outside of a plane is nothing short of a miracle. Conditions outside of a plane in... »

Dulles Crew Finds Dead Stowaway

Monday, February 17, 2014
By George Hatcher

A South African Airways Airbus A340 at Dulles International Airport flew from Johannesburg, South Africa to Dakar, Senegal to Virginia with an extra passenger. Crew discovered the body in the wheel well on Thursday. FBI, U.S. customs, border patrol, fire and rescue crews and Dulles police responded to the scene. Fairfax County Medical Examiner’s... »


Monday, December 10, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Egyptair Airbus A320-200 en route from Cairo to Kuwait Where: Egypt When: Dec 3, 2012 Who: 90 aboard Why: We have avoided this report for as long as possible, but finally decided to get it out of the way, since our mailboxes and emails are FULL of reports of: “Snake on a plane... »

Stowaway Found in Arik Air Wheel Well

Saturday, October 27, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Arik Air Airbus A340-542 en route from London to Lagos Where: Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport When: Oct 26, 2012 Who: 1 fatality Why: The body of a man was discovered in the wheel well of an Arik Air Airbus after a flight from London to Lagos. The body had no identification. There... »

BA Stowaway Dies in Landing Gear Bay

Sunday, August 26, 2012
By George Hatcher
BA Stowaway Dies in Landing Gear Bay

What: British Airways Boeing 747-400 en route from Cape Town to London Where: London When: Aug 23rd 2012 Who: 1 fatality Why: It has not been released whether the stowaway found in the plane’s landing gear bay died from exposure or lack of oxygen. Temperatures at 30,000 feet are between -40 and -50ºC. The... »

11 Year-old Stowaway

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Boeing 737-300 en route from Manchester to Rome (and back) When: Jul 24, 2012 Who: 1 Why: 11-year-old Liam Corcoran managed to fly to Rome on his own without a passport or a boarding pass, and his action has instigated a probe of procedures at Manchester airport. Corcoran ran away from his... »

Stowaway Threatens Safety Rating

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
By George Hatcher
Stowaway Threatens Safety Rating

Click to view full size photo at Contact photographer Ken Iwelumo – Global Aviation Images What: Arik Air Airbus A330-200 en route from Johannesburg South Africa to Lagos Nigeria Where: Lagos When: Sep 20th 2010 Who: 1 stowaway Why: The body of a young Nigerian man was found in the wheelwell. How the... »

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