The facts : on 10 Oct. 2003, 1H20 after departing Brazza to Paris, the AF crew was informed that a stowaway was dissimulated in the landing gear compartment - the acft was a A 330. The captain decided to continue to destination which was 6 hours away. On arrival the passenger was found dead. The autopsy revealed that the death occured well before the crew was informed of the presence of the passenger, who was a young boy.
At this time a discussion is raging on a french aviation forum, as to the decision that should have been taken and the responsability of the captain.
I would like to know you opinion on the subject.
I remember in the late sixties or early seventies a 14 years old kid successfully escaped from Cuba using the same technique and arrived safe in Madrid. I wonder how this is feasible considering such adverse conditions over a long period of time, not to mention the probability to be crushed when the gear retracts.
I seem to remember once that two African lads stowed away on an aircraft bound for U.K(not sure which airports involved),they were both brothers. They jumped into the wheel bay whilst it taxied then when the landing gear retracted it crushed one of the lads while the other made it to the U.K albeit with hypothermia. I will endeavour to find a news bulletin of the incident.
If I remember correctly, there was an inquest in the UK a couple of years back into the death of a stowaway on a BA flight.
I believe there was evidence that cause of death wasn’t hypothermia or hypoxia per se; what did for him was the rate of change of altitude, which was more than the body could cope with. In other words, the stowaway probably died before TOC. It may well have been the same this time.
Try a search, as it was definitely discussed here – I think Flying Laywer might have been involved in the case.
There are examples of people surviving, but they are very rare exceptions. Not a nice way to go, and you can only wonder at the lengths some people will go to for a ‘better life.’
If they get really lucky and know the aircraft you can find heat sources and I assume somewhat of an air source as some have survived. They should put a button or something that is well lit up that rings the cockpit and lets the pilot know there is somebody in the gear bay. These stowaways have been known to fall out over populated areas. Would not want to get hit by a frozen person that just dropped a few thousand feet.
It was more of a joke and I thought even the most casual of observers would spot that.
But, some people have lived after stowing away in the wheel well so there must be air trickling in from somewhere. Depending on the aircraft there can be a decent amount of heat in there too.
I won't even dignify your second personal attack on me.... Any idiot(oops you ride club class so you can't be an idiot) can see from reading my posts that I am an engineer. Masters Degree from MIT and all.
I am not a professional pilot but there seems no excuse for not diverting. However, this does not necessarily mean that the pilot is guilty of manslaughter. Mind you, I don't know much about French law either.
The captain was informed by radio 1H20 after T/O, 50' after beginning of cruise. Those are the facts. I presume he based his decision on his assumption that the pax was already dead and he put this in the balance against all the troubles of a diversion.
Anyway it's hard to tell before the conclusions of the enquiry.
From reading all the links in this thread. it seems to me that this kind of incident happens more and more frequently and airlines should take appropriate steps, maybe a mod to block access to the bay and/or a final check by an engineer on the gound just before the plane start taxiing.