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Stowaway Survives Trip in Wheel Well

Nation IN BRIEF / FLORIDA

September 15, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

A man hiding inside the landing gear of an Iberia Airlines jet survived a flight from Honduras to Miami, officials said. Emilio Dominguez, 23, was found by mechanics checking the aircraft, who turned him over to authorities. Dominguez, who appeared to be in good condition, according to an Iberia spokeswoman, was airborne inside the DC-9 for more than two hours. It's a feat few live to tell about. "When you get that high [33,000 feet] there's no oxygen, and temperatures reach below zero, so almost everyone dies when they attempt this," a Miami airport spokesman said. Dominguez, who made the trip wearing only a short-sleeve shirt and pants, is to be returned to Honduras today.

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