How did he live? The slim odds against surviving the journey
The sheer physical stresses on the body any stowaway climbing inside the landing gear faces are incredible. Most are simply fatal.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, the chances of survival of a wheelwell stowaway on a commercial aircraft are around 24 per cent.
Avoiding being crushed when the undercarriage retracts is the first challenge faced and then in quick succession, hypothermia, hypoxia and ultimately falling when the doors reopen.
Obviously the landing gear well has no heat or oxygen supply and is not pressurized.
At 18,000 feet, the oxygen supply becomes so depleted that the stowaway is likely to lose consciousness.
Anywhere above 33,000 feet, the stowaway’s lungs would be in need of artificial pressure to be able to expand and contract normally.
Mount Everest is 29,029ft and only 5 per cent of the 3,000+ who have made that ascent have done so without oxygen
At 38,000 feet, the temperature would be no more than -81f, which usually would prove fatal within minutes.
And as the plane comes into land, assuming the stowaway is even conscious, they would have to avoid being crushed again or falling thousands of feet to their death.
Culled from dailymail.co.uk
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