Man flies to London in undercarriage of Gulf sheik's plane

June 9, 2010 13:03


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VIENNA — A man hid himself next to the landing gear of a jet parked at Vienna's airport and survived a flight to London on Wednesday, according to Austrian police.

Schwechat police chief Leo Lauber said the man, a 20-year-old Romanian national, told British authorities that he crawled under the wire of the fence surrounding the airport and climbed into the undercarriage of the jumbo jet that was parked near a construction site.Lauber said the jet belonged to a high-ranking sheik from the United Arab Emirates and took off from the Austrian capital Sunday night.

After landing at Heathrow, Lauber said the man — who said he was looking for work — apparently fell out of the gear's cavity and was apprehended by local police.

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