Plane stow­away sur­vivor

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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