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.
As everybody knows, on Jun 1, 2009, an Airbus 330 of the Air France, flying as AF447 from Rio de Janeiro (SBGL) to Paris (LFPG) was reported missing while overflying the equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Although […]
Why NATO, French and US AWACS have been constantly monitoring the Libyan airspace well before the No-Fly Zone was voted
In the last few days I have often had the opportunity to talk with journalists, spotters and enthusiasts about the Libyan uprising that was also the subject of an interview I gave to Pieter Johnson […]
Tragedy on the way home (Korean Airlines B-747 vs. Soviet Sukhoi Su-15) On Sept. 1, 1983, a civilian B-747 flying with registration HL7442 as Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007, KE 007) was shot […]