DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU
A stowaway was found dead last night in the wheel well of a passenger jet that had flown to Kennedy Airport from London, authorities said.
It was the second time in a week that a dead stowaway turned up at the airport, raising further concerns about airline security while the nation is in a heightened state of alert because of terror threats.
Port Authority spokesman Tony Ciavolella said British Airways officials notified PA cops after the man's body was discovered during a maintenance inspection of Flight 177 (a Boeing 747-400) about 6:30 p.m.
"It's really scary to know that people can just walk up to a plane that way in other countries," a law enforcement source said. "Obviously, the biggest threat is somebody who gets on a plane as a suicide
bomber. He might not
make it, but that stuff can go off, and where is the wheel well? Between the
|If the following is correct then either someone managed to get past security at Heathrow or they were stuck there from an earlier sector|
31/12/2003 - 10:32:42 am
The body of a man was found in the wheel compartment of a British Airways plane that had flown from Heathrow Airport, London to John F Kennedy International Airport, New York, authorities said today.
Police found the body of a man believed to be in his 30s on BA Flight 177 after the plane landed at 6:30pm last night, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The Queens District Attorney, federal Transportation Security Administration, FBI and city Medical Examiner's office were investigating.
Last week, the body of a man in his 20s was found in the wheel well of an American Airlines Flight 1190 to Kennedy Airport from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
|The unfortunate stowaway got on the aircraft at Cairo and flew with the aircraft on two sectors before being discovered.|
|Maybe a naive question, but why can't the ground crew do a quick scan of all wheel wells just before push back? I would think that, in today's climate, it is a no brainer. If someone can get in so easily, what is to prevent them from bringing an altitude triggered device with them?|
A wheel well inspection on
the ramp prior to departure does not assure that someone can't get aboard
Desperate people who climb into wheel wells usually climb airport perimeter fences and position themselves at night beside the taxiways. Four years ago two young males had crowded into the nose wheel well of a taxiing DC8 en route CLO-MIA. Both had received fatal injuries during incomplete nose gear retraction and subsequent nose gear collapse after an air turn back to CLO.
accounts of these 'draughty class' fliers have concluded they boarded the
aircraft from the holding point.
Cameras would seem to be the most cost-effective safeguard.