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Plane’s landing gear yields stowaway

The American Airlines flight from Guatemala lasted nearly three hours

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MIAMI, United States (AFP) — United States (US) border officials in Miami said Sunday they had apprehended a 26-year-old man who had stowed away in the landing gear compartment of an aircraft arriving from Guatemala.

“The individual was evaluated by Emergency Medical Services and taken to a hospital for medical assessment,” a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said.

There was no immediate information on the man’s identity or condition, though the risk of falling and the extreme cold at high altitude pose grave dangers.

The American Airlines flight from Guatemala lasted nearly three hours, the Miami Herald reported.

It posted a video showing a thin, bedraggled looking man sitting shakily on the tarmac near the plane’s landing gear as airport staff tried to help him.

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