Flyboy Andrei? No Way!

So it turns out that Andrei Shcherbakov, age 15, wasn’t actually flying on the wing after all. He wasn’t flying under the wing either. He was flying inside of the wing, or right beside, the wing.

All planes have wheels, as you very well know. But where do the wheels go after the plane takes off? They are retracted into a compartment called the “wheel well.” Andrei climbed into the wheel well before the plane took off, fell asleep while officials were checking for stowaways, and woke up while the plane was in the air.

This isn’t the first time that somebody has tried to stow away in a wheel well. On July 28, 1998, two stowaways froze to death in the wheel bay. On June 8, 2005, the remains of a stowaway were found in a wheel well of a plane landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The stowaway was from Johannesburg. On January 28, 2007, a citizen of Cape Town, South Africa was found in a wheel well five days after the plane carrying him landed in Los Angeles. And again, on July 19, 2007, a dead man was found in the wheel well of a 747 which came from China.

So the story is pretty clear. Andrei wanted to get away from his father. He climbed into the wheel well, and flew 800 miles. Piece o’ cake, right?

But why did he survive?

It could be because he lived in a very cold climate. According to the Moscow News Weekly, Andrei was from the Urals, though more specific locations are yet to be discovered. Or it could just be a miracle, as medics described.


2 Responses

  1. …I don’t believe a word!! It’s all too fishy! Meh!! I dunno, maybe I’m just too stupid to believe someone could get so cold and survive. But… why did he want to get away from his father? Did I miss something? I’m not wearing my contacts…

    By the way, you’re funny. ^_^

  2. According to the articles, Andrei’s father was an alcoholic, and Andrei wanted to get away from him.

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