Transcript for Alleged Stowaway Falls to His Death From Plane in London
Now to a frightening scene in the skies this morning. A stowaway falling to his death after clinging to the bottom of a jet flying over London. ABC's bob woodruff has that story for us. Reporter: It was a perilous journey that ended in tragedy. Two men clinging on to a wheel well of a british airways plane for 8,000 miles, one falling to his death in the London suburb of Richmond some 12 miles short of London's heathrow airport. Other found on the plane in a serious medical condition. Now being treated at a local hospital. British police have not released details of the two men but say the survivor is aged between 25 and 30 years old. British airways described the incident in a statement as a very rare case but it does happen. Only three years ago a 26-year-old man Jose fatada was killed when he fell from the plane on its way into heathrow from Angola. According to the FAA, 96 stowaways have been found on 85 flights since the records began back in 1947. The youngest was only 9 years old. Just traveling inside the wheel lock is potentially fatal. It is cold and at 18,000 feet hypoxia can set in. Most of this flight would have been more than 33,000 feet. ABC's Ryan Owens showed what it's like to hide in a wheel well. It's a deadly risk that some are willing to take in search of a better life. Bob woodruff, ABC news, London.
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