An interesting aircraft for an unbelievable story

I had almost forgotten this picture of the Boeing 747-400 A6-HRM I photographed in Paris Le Bourget airport on Oct. 2, 2010, while visiting the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace. The aircraft is not only interesting for being a private “Jumbo” owned by the Dubai Royal Family and used for VIP transportation, but it is noteworthy for being the plane involved in the lucky journey of a stowaway passenger hidden inside the gear bay during a flight from Vienna to London. On Jun. 9, 2010, a 20 year old Romanian, who wanted to go the UK to find a job, was able to climb in the wheel well of the aircraft and to survive until the arrival just because the aircraft, that encountered thunderstorms after departure, could not climb to the planned cruising level and to level off at about 25.000, where temperature and lack of oxygen didn’t kill him. Usually, stowaway passengers don’t survive this kind of trips.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.