Russian stowaway survives flight in landing gear

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 2, 2010 10:25

MOSCOW — Russian investigators are probing a 17-year-old foster child who survived a 50-minute flight hidden in the plane's landing gear.

A statement released Tuesday by the Investigative Committee says the stowaway crawled into a space above the wheel of the Soviet-built Antonov An-24 turboprop at an airfield near the city of Irkutsk in Siberia on Saturday.Russian television said he survived a 50-minute flight to another small Siberian town in just a light coat. Investigators say the stowaway had fled a foster home. The TV reports said he had robbed a nearby store before climbing inside the plane.


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