Stowaway Survives in Nose Wheel on Flight From South Africa to the Netherlands

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A man from South Africa made an incredible journey; surviving the gruelling flight to the Netherlands stuck on a nose wheel.

The stowaway, reportedly a 22-year-old Nigerian man, was discovered hidden in the nose wheel of a cargo plane that arrived in Amsterdam from South Africa on Sunday, January 23.

A Twitter post from the Dutch police on Monday said the man has applied for asylum in the Netherlands but is still investigating the travel route for other possible reason.

The authorities added the man is doing well considering the circumstances he has gone through and has been taken to a hospital.

“Our first concern of course was for his health. This is definitely very unusual that someone was able to survive the cold at such a height – very, very unusual,” they said.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for freight carrier Cargolux said in an email that the stowaway had been on a flight operated by Cargolux Italia, but declined to comment further.

“We are not in a position to make any further comment until the authorities and the airline have completed their investigation,” the company said.

The man is believed to have slipped onboard the flight before it left Johannesburg. The plane also reportedly made a stop in Nairobi, Kenya.

The estimated travel time from Johannesburg to Kenya is about 11 hours on the average, while a flight from Nairobi to Amsterdam normally took 8 hours.

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