Plane stowaway found alive after ‘clinging on landing gear on Stanstead flight’

A 16-year-old stowaway survived a flight from Stanstead airport in London to the Netherlands on Thursday by clinging onto the plane's landing gear, it is claimed.

According to reports, the boy travelled on the flight to Maastricht Airport in the Netherlands which soared to 19,000 feet.

He was found next to the landing gear of a plane after it landed, in Limburg, on Thursday afternoon (February 4), cccording to DutchNews.nl.

The stowaway was reportedly discovered in the space next to the aircraft landing gear and was taken to hospital suffering from severe hypothermia.

The police branch of the Netherlands' armed forces – later confirmed on their twitter that the stowaway was thought to be a 16-year-old boy from Kenya, MY London reports.

The flight is thought to have been a Turkish Airlines cargo flight operated by an Airbus A330.

Dutch aviation publication Luchtvaart Nieuws said the only flight to land from London at Maastricht yesterday was TK6305, operated by a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-200 freighter.

“He had tremendous luck to get through this,” a spokesman for Maastricht Aachen Airport told netherlandsnewslive.

Stowaways on aeroplanes are rare, and most people sadly don't survive the journey.

Most stowaways in the lower part of the wheelwell either freeze to death or fall from hiding places during flight.

Daily Star has contacted Stansted Airport for comment.

Last month a stowaway told how he survived a terrifying 5,600-mile flight to the UK clinging to the wheels of a plane while his pal plummeted to his death.

Themba Cabeka, 30, lived to tell the tale of his ride on a flight from Johannesburg in South Africa to London's Heathrow Airport.

On the harrowing 11-hour journey his best friend Carlito Vale fell 5,000ft to his death.

Themba passed out due to the chilling -60C temperature and lack of oxygen and spent months in a coma before waking up to discover his friend's sad passing.

Carlito, originally from Mozambique, fell from BA flight 54 just a minute before landing on July 18, 2015, and his body was later found in the air-conditioning unit of an office block six miles from Heathrow.

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