Teen Stowaway Survives Flight in Landing Gear
Russian foster kid ran away from Siberian home
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2010 11:41 AM CDT
An Antonov passenger jet is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Myshko Markiv, Pool)

(Newser) – A 17-year-old Russian ran away from his Siberian foster home in dramatic fashion today, crawling into the landing gear compartment of an Antonov An-24 turboprop plane. Wearing only a light coat, the boy survived a 50-minute flight in temperatures as low as -22 to the regional center of Irkutsk, the AP reports. He is currently being treated for frostbite. According to Russian TV reports, he robbed a nearby store before sneaking aboard the plane at the small town’s airfield.

 

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