(Miami) An illegal immigrant who was hiding in the basement of an American Airlines flight escaped on a nearly three-hour flight from Guatemala City to Miami before being arrested, police said Sunday.
The 26-year-old, whose citizenship has not been released, was arrested by border guards Saturday morning and taken to hospital for a medical assessment, the U.S. Customs and Border Security Service said. (CBP) In a press release.
A video circulated on the Internet by the American media shows a man in a simple light jacket sitting on a tarmac shouting “he survived”.
“People take serious risks when trying to hide in limited spaces like an airplane. These facts are under investigation,” officials added.
The U.S. airline FAA underscores that temperatures drop from a certain altitude, and that illegal immigrants hiding in landing gear are at risk of hypothermia, lack of oxygen, or falling off the plane.
According to the FAA, at least 129 people have been hidden in the wheels of commercial aircraft or elsewhere in the United States since 1947. Of these 129, 100 died from injuries related to the extreme conditions of this type of travel.