June 08, 2009

Stowaway From Ethiopia Found at Dulles

Stowaway From Ethiopia Found at Dulles


Stowaway Flies From Africa to Dulles in Cargo Hold
Federal authorities say they've discovered a stowaway who arrived at Dulles International Airport in the cargo hold of a flight from Ethiopia.

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 8, 2009

A stowaway who apparently hid aboard a flight from Ethiopia to Washington was found in the plane's baggage hold by workers at Dulles International Airport, authorities said last night.

As baggage handlers unloaded the Ethiopian Airlines flight Saturday morning, they spotted an arm protruding from between luggage pallets, officials said.

At that point, the workers "went in" to the hold of the Boeing 767 and found the stowaway, who was dehydrated and exhausted, said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Steve Sapp.

After what officials called an extremely rare incident, the man was taken into federal custody. But after checking databases, Sapp said, officials decided that the man presented no threat.

"He was just a gentleman who tried to travel to the United States . . . illegally," Sapp said.

The flight, which originated in Addis Ababa, made a stop in Rome before flying on to Dulles. But Sapp said authorities are "pretty sure he got on in Ethiopia" and was probably in the luggage compartment "the whole time."

The man, who was not named but was described as 36 or 37 years old, was taken by airport ambulance to a hospital for treatment and then returned to the airport. He remained in federal custody last night in preparation for being sent back to Ethiopia.

In describing attempts to enter the United States illegally, Sapp said, arrivals by sea are far more common.

"We don't normally see too many people stow away on airplanes," he said.

Security precautions at airports are intended to prevent unauthorized persons from access to airliners.

In the Saturday incident, although the man reached this country, "the process worked," because he was quickly picked up, Sapp said.

In January 2008, two men stowed away on another Ethiopian Airlines flight and were found at Dulles after an inspection. A news report said they had probably hidden in the cabin ceiling.

News accounts of people who have attempted to stow away in airliners' wheel wells indicate that most have not survived.

A news account in 2007 said there had been 74 incidents in the previous 60 years of people trying to stow away in wheel wells on 64 flights. Sixty of the 74 reportedly died.

However, in 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a wheel-well stowaway who survived a 7 1/2 hour flight to Los Angeles from French Polynesia was recovering.

In contrast to wheel wells, airliner cargo holds are pressurized and heated, and provide a relatively benign environment, according to a study published in 2002.

In 2003, a man described as a former shipping clerk had himself sent by air from New York to Dallas inside a wooden shipping crate.

In the Dulles case, Sapp said the man would face an administrative, not a criminal, charge.

Sapp said the man will be sent back on an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

Washington Post


Anonymous said...

Hello there, You've performed an excellent job. I'll definitely digg
it and individually recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be
benefited from this web site.

Feel free to visit my blog post; free Virtapay Money

Anonymous said...

Tremendous issues here. I am very happy to peer your
article. Thanks so much and I'm looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

My page Watch TV Series Free

Anonymous said...

My family members always say that I am wasting my
time here at net, except I know I am getting knowledge daily by
reading thes pleasant articles or reviews.

My weblog; Hints

Anonymous said...

I will immediately take hold of your rss as I can't in finding your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you've any?
Kindly permit me understand in order that I may subscribe.

Also visit my blog post; sharecash

Anonymous said...

I just could not go away your website prior to suggesting that I extremely
enjoyed the standard information an individual provide on your visitors?
Is gonna be back continuously in order to check up on new posts

My blog ... sharecash downloader 2012

Anonymous said...

Spot on with this write-up, I seriously
feel this site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more,
thanks for the advice!

Feel free to visit my blog ... adult sex Games

Anonymous said...

great points altogether, you simply received a emblem new reader.
What might you recommend in regards to your put up that you simply made some days in the
past? Any certain?

Also visit my web page castleville castle