A young teenager dashed across a runway at a Nigerian airport, hid in the wheel well of a jet and survived a 35-minute domestic flight, the airline and aviation authorities said Sunday.
Passengers and crew had alerted the pilots that a boy was seen running to the plane as it was taxiing to take off Saturday from southern Benin City, Arik Airline spokesman Ola Adebanji said.
Despite the possible presence of the boy, the pilots opted to continue with their takeoff, Federal Aviation Agency of Nigeria spokesman Yakubu Dati said.
When the plane arrived in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, a boy aged 13 or 14 jumped to the ground from the wheel and was detained by Arik personnel, Adebanji said. He said the teenager probably survived because the flight was short and the plane probably didn’t rise above 7,620 meters.
Most stowaways don’t survive. The body of a suspected stowaway fell from an Air France plane over Niger, also in West Africa, in July and was discovered lifeless in a western suburb of the capital, Niamey, officials said.（AP）
taxi：動詞，滑行。例句：He taxied the plane to the very end of the airstrip.（他讓飛機滑行到跑道終點。）
opt：動詞，選擇。例句：Consumers will opt for low-priced goods.（消費者會選擇低價商品。）
stowaway：名詞，偷渡客。例句：They discovered a stowaway on the ship.（他們在船上發現1名偷渡客。）
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