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Stowaway, 16, Found Alive After Clinging Onto Landing Gear Of Flight From London To Netherlands

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Stowaway, 16, Found Alive After Clinging Onto Landing Gear Of Flight From London To Netherlands

A teen stowaway has survived after being found clinging onto the landing gear of a flight from London to Netherlands.

The 16-year-old is believed to have already been on board the flight, which landed at Stansted Airport from Kenya, having passed through Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday (4 January).

It then left London and made the journey to Maastricht Aachen Airport, the Netherlands.

The teenager was then found hiding near the landing gear, and it is thought he had been holding onto the aircraft as it reached an incredible 19,000ft.

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In a tweet about the incident, a spokesperson for the Dutch Royal Marechaussee, a policing arm of the Dutch armed force, said the boy was doing well.

They said: "The Marechaussee in Limburg is conducting further investigations into, among other things, possible human smuggling in connection with the stowaway found near the landing gear of an aircraft at Maastricht Aachen Airport.

"The presumably 16-year-old Kenyan boy is doing reasonably well."

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A spokesperson for Maastricht Aachen Airport added: "He had tremendous luck to get through this."

According to reports, the boy is believed to have boarded the flight in Nairobi, Kenya, before heading to Turkey and then onto the UK.

A spokesperson from Stansted Airport told MyLondon there was no evidence to suggest the boy had entered the flight when it landed in London before taking off again for the final leg of its journey.

LADbible has contacted Stansted Airport for a comment.

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The teenager reportedly held onto a flight from Stansted Airport to Maastricht. Credit: PA
The teenager reportedly held onto a flight from Stansted Airport to Maastricht. Credit: PA

Earlier this year, it was revealed a stowaway who managed to survive a 5,659 mile, 11 hour flight from South Africa to London now lives in the UK having claimed asylum.

Themba Cabeka, 30, was in a coma for months after clinging on to the undercarriage of the jumbo jet in temperatures as low as -60 degrees. When he woke, he was told the devastating news that the friend who he came with him tragically fell 5,000ft from the plane to his death.

Cabeka's identity was revealed for the first time in a Channel 4 documentary, The Man Who Fell From The Sky.

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Having escaped the poverty of their South African camp site, Cabeka and his friend Carlito Vale made the journey by sneaking into the wheel arch of a Boeing 747-400 in June 2015.

Just before landing, Vale fell from the British Airways flight and was found in the air-con unit of an office block, just six miles from Heathrow.

Cabeka said: "When the plane was flying, I could see the ground, I could see the cars, I could see small people.

"After a little time, I passed out through lack of oxygen. The last thing I remember just after the plane took off was Carlito saying to me: 'Yeah, we've made it'."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, UK News, Airport, Turkey, travel, Kenya

Dominic Smithers
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