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Stowaway found in landing gear of aeroplane at Maastricht Aachen Airport

As reported by provincial broadcaster 1Limburg

A stowaway was found in the landing gear of an aeroplane that landed at Maastricht Aachen Airport on Thursday afternoon. The young man survived the flight in the wheel arch of a cargo plane, though was in a serious condition.

As reported by airport spokesperson Hella Hendriks, a trauma helicopter was called in with a doctor who stabilised him. The stowaway was then taken directly to hospital by ambulance and was admitted with severe hypothermia.

According to the spokesperson, the plane the stowaway was in came from London. That is why the stowaway survived the flight. Not only was the journey relatively short, but it was also flown at a relatively low altitude. Longer flights usually take place at an altitude of more than 10 kilometres, where the temperature is about 50 degrees below zero.

The Marechaussee later confirmed that the young man applied for asylum. After being treated in hospital he was taken to the asylum seekers' centre in Ter Apel, where his asylum procedure was started. He said he was 16 years old and came from Kenya. The Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst will try to verify this.

It is not the first time that a stowaway has landed at Maastricht Aachen Airport. 18 years ago, a Tanzanian boy had hidden himself in an aeroplane. Unlike the young man who was hidden in a wheel well on Thursday, he did not survive.

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