A 26-year-old man was apprehended at Miami International Airport earlier this week who surprisingly, traveled all the way hidden inside the landing gear of an airplane.
American Airlines flight 1182 was nearly a 3-hour flight from Guatemala to Miami operated on a Boeing 737.
The man evade detection and managed to stow himself inside the landing gear compartment and miraculously survived the flight.
He was found after the 737 parked by airport employees. The man was evaluated by emergency medical services and was later taken to a hospital.
As the landing gear area is unpressurized, the risk of dying due to hypothermia or hypoxia is very high as temperatures at altitudes where airplanes fly can be extremely low.
The risk of falling to death or even being crushed by the equipment exists.
Mid this year during the chaos at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, a man was found dead inside the landing gear bay on one of the evacuation flights operated by the US military.
According to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), since 1947 over 129 people have attempted to stow away in the wheel wells or other areas of airplanes from which 100 have died due to injuries.