Plane stowaway survivor
Nigerian authorities have launched an investigation into claims that a teenager survived 12 hours hidden in the wheel compartment of a plane between Lagos and London, an aviation official said yesterday. The boy, said to be aged 15 or under, was apparently discovered in the wheel compartment of a Med-View Airline Boeing 747 which made the round trip last Saturday. “We are looking into the incident to find how it happened and to prevent a recurrence,” Sam Adurogboye, of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said. Adurogboye said the authorities were “disturbed by the incident because of its implications for air safety”. Nigerian media quoted Med-View’s spokesman Oyibotha Obuke as saying the airline was cooperating with the relevant authorities. How the teenager survived at an altitude of 32,000 feet was a mystery, said Adurogboye. Hypoxia or oxygen deficiency normally sets in from about 10,000 feet and would quickly render a person unconscious. Temperatures at that altitude plunge to -48 degrees Celsius (-55 degrees Fahrenheit), causing hypothermia.