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Stowaway falls from sky [Warning: This a horrible accident]

  1. Jun 8, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/07/AR2005060701545.html [Broken]
     
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  4. Jun 8, 2005 #3
    That idea of a stowaway hiding in an airplane wheel well and then falling to his death when the wheels were deployed was already used in some novel I read--might have been by Spider Robinson.
     
  5. Jun 8, 2005 #4

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    Whether or not the novelist anticipated reality, it has actually happened a few times, along with them freezing to death or croaking from anoxia. In at least one other case, the guy was crunched when the gear was initially retracted. I will or will not feel sympathy dependent upon the reason for stowing away in the first place.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2005 #5

    Moonbear

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    I can't seem to read the original story. Every time I go to that site, my browser crashes for some reason. :confused:
     
  7. Jun 8, 2005 #6
    Back in the 70's it was a trend, a lot of people tried it. A few even made it.
     
  8. Jun 9, 2005 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    That happened to me the first time as well. Here is another link.
    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3216477

    I also remember several episodes like this from the 70's, but this is the first that I recall hearing about for a very long time.
     
  9. Jun 9, 2005 #8

    arildno

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    What a horrible way to die; no one deserves such a fate, even if the accident is their own fault (as in this case).
     
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  10. Jun 9, 2005 #9

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    :yuck: I think I was better off not being able to read it. Gruesome.

    That someone managed to stow away at all makes me question what sort of security there is for flights entering the U.S. from those airports.
     
  11. Jun 9, 2005 #10

    FredGarvin

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    when I see stories like this it makes me homesick for Long Island. Stuff like that just doesn't seem to happen anywhere else.
     
  12. Jun 9, 2005 #11

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: Yeah, compared to coastal living, the rest of the country is pretty boring. Though, I could do without body parts landing on my house. :yuck:
     
  13. Jun 9, 2005 #12
    I'll be heading for the east coast next month, if I find any body parts I can mail them to ya..most of my friends just get a tee shirt.
     
  14. Jun 9, 2005 #13
    Funny how some of us can jest about the gruesome death of others...
     
  15. Jun 9, 2005 #14
    I feel sorrier, for the lady who found the body part then I do for the guy that died. I don't mean to imply that its not sad when someone looses there life in a act of stupidity, it is. But I'm not upset over it.
     
  16. Jun 9, 2005 #15

    arildno

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    You ought to be, if excruciating physical pain is something that upsets you.
     
  17. Jun 9, 2005 #16
    People dieing because they took a risk and lost..sorry no.
     
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    Sorry if I offended any one in any way.
     
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  19. Jun 9, 2005 #18

    arildno

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    Sorry if I came off more touchy than I should on this issue; I have a particular horror of being ripped apart alive (I don't know why), so I empathize quite strongly for anyone who suffers such a fate (even for one as incredibly stupid/desperate as to hide as a stowaway in a plane)
     
  20. Jun 9, 2005 #19
    Understood....{gives big hug} I'm sorry too
     
  21. Jun 9, 2005 #20

    arildno

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    Thank you.

    I've noticed that when people discuss macabre incidents like this, quarrels and sudden recriminations may suddenly flare up over a mere choice of word, and precisely because the issue is so laden with emotional content, a particular word or phrase becomes over-and mis-interpreted very easily and all sorts of base motives are flung upon the poor speaker (in this case you).

    I know I flared up like that in this case, unfortunately. I'm glad we cleared it out.
     
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  22. Jun 9, 2005 #21

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    It would have been traumatizing for anyone to find body parts in their yard like this woman did. Perhaps the person torn apart during the flight was unaware of the risk to his or her life.
     
  23. Jun 9, 2005 #22

    FredGarvin

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    Do ya think????
     
  24. Jun 9, 2005 #23

    BobG

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    Even if the stow away avoided being crushed by the wheel, he'd have to overcome some serious problems. I don't think the wheel well is pressurized. It'd be incredibly cold at 30,000+ feet and there wouldn't be much oxygen. Even if he survived the cold and maintained conciousness in spite of the thin air, he'd have to be clever enough to avoid falling out of the wheel well when the plane approached the airport.

    Imagine surviving all of that, dropping out of the wheel well after the plane slowed down, escaping airport security, slipping into the city and finding out everyone in 'America' spoke French. Darn no-fly watchlists! :grumpy:
     
  25. Jun 9, 2005 #24

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    The last couple that I heard of were escaping Rawanda, so in some cases the risk might be worth it. Those are the type that I felt sympathy for, not fleeing criminals or goofs who thought that they could snag a free ride and miss Customs.
     
  26. Jun 9, 2005 #25

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    I would guess it's pretty unlikely he was even still alive by the time he was ripped apart. Probably rendered unconscious by the thin air and cold shortly after reaching altitude. Don't know if he'd have asphyxiated or frozen to death first, but probably one or the other got him long before he reached anywhere near the US.
     
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