Individual successfully endures journey from Algeria to Paris concealed within the aircraft’s landing gear.

Unidentified man found in critical condition after enduring temperatures of approximately -50C on Air Algerie flight from Oran

A man in his 20s was discovered hidden in the landing gear compartment of a commercial aircraft that flew from Algeria to Paris. Despite severe hypothermia, he was found alive during technical checks at Orly airport in Paris, as reported by French authorities.

Since he had no identification on him, he was immediately taken to the hospital in a serious condition.

An earlier report from an airport source mentioned that the man “was alive but in a life-threatening condition due to severe hypothermia.”

During flights, commercial aircraft operate at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet where temperatures can drop to around -50 degrees Celsius. The lack of oxygen and absence of heating or pressurization in the landing gear compartment make survival highly unlikely for anyone attempting to travel in that space.

According to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), between 1947 and 2021, there have been 132 recorded cases of individuals, known as wheel-well stowaways, attempting to travel in the landing gear compartments of commercial aircraft.

In April of this year, a man’s body was discovered in the landing gear of an aircraft at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The flight originated from Toronto but took off from Nigeria. Four months earlier, two passengers were found dead upon arrival in the landing gear storage area of a flight between Santiago de Chile and Bogotá.

In July 2019, a frozen body fell into a garden in a London suburb. It was believed to have been in the landing gear compartment of a Kenya Airways plane approaching Heathrow airport.

According to FAA statistics, the mortality rate for those attempting to travel in this manner is 77%.

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