Teenager survives two-hour flight by hanging onto plane's wing

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Moscow, Sep 25 (UNI) A teenager from the Urals suffered acute frostbite after riding the wing of a Boeing-737 plane on a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow, Russian radio station Mayak reported.

After clinging on for the entire 1,300 km flight to Moscow's Vnukova Airport, 15-year-old Andrei collapsed onto the tarmac.

His arms and legs were so severely frozen that rescuers were at first unable to remove his coat and shoes, the radio station said.

He is now being treated in a Moscow hospital.

A spokesman for Moscow's air and water transport control department said the incident occurred on Friday, and that the boy's parents were immediately informed, and flew to the capital the same day.

Doctors said it was nothing short of a miracle that Andrei survived the flight, with temperatures hitting minus 50 degrees Celsius, the radio station said. The Boeing-737 has a cruising speed of 900 kmh.

The boy reportedly made the journey after a commonplace domestic dispute.

Angry with his father, who reportedly has a drinking problem, and with his mother for siding with her husband in family rows, Andrei ran away to the neighbouring village, where his grandmother lives.

On reaching the village, he decided to go on, and hitched a 220-km ride to the regional centre, Perm, where he was dropped off at the airport.

It still remains unclear how Andrei was able to climb on a plane wing unnoticed, and the Perm Airport security service is being asked some serious questions, the radio station said.


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