Survived in very low temperatures and lack of oxygen – crammed for nearly three hours in the landing gear of an American Airlines plane departing from Guatemala and bound for Miami – an illegal immigrant was arrested upon touching US soil.
The 26-year-old man, whose nationality was not disclosed, was stopped Saturday morning by border guards and taken to hospital for medical evaluation, the United States Border Protection and Customs Service (CBP) said.
A video circulated on the Internet and relaunched by the American media shows the man wearing only a light jacket, disoriented and sitting on the asphalt, under the worried eyes of the airport employees shouting: “he survived”.
Temperatures drop from a certain altitude and illegal immigrants hiding in the landing gear of aircraft – the case is large – risk dying from hypothermia, lack of oxygen or even falling from the plane, underlines the American Air Force Agency FAA, which has published a study on the subject.
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