(CNN) – Authorities in the Netherlands found a stowage hidden in the front wheel of a cargo plane when it landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Sunday morning.
A spokesman for Schiphol Airport and police said the man had been in hiding for more than 11 hours since the flight took off from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although the person has not been identified, authorities say he may be between 16 and 35 years old.
“We knew a person was going Stoveway on a cargo plane At the airport loading platform this morning, “Schiphol Airport spokesman Willemeike Koster told CNN that the Royal Netherlands military police are handling the situation, Koster said.
Airport staff first noticed what looked like a person and immediately informed authorities. Upon arrival at the scene, Dutch police and emergency services confirmed the man was alive, but with a low body temperature, Royal Netherlands Military Police spokesman John Helmonds said.
“We were surprised to see this man, but we It was even more amazing that he was alive After the plane flew over 10,000 [kilómetros] With Very very cold temperatureRoyal Military Police spokesman John Helmonds told CNN.
The man was resuscitated and taken to the airport, where he was later transferred to Amsterdam Hospital, Helmonds added.
“Once the man recovers and is released from the hospital, he will be processed to the Asylum Seeker Center (AZC), where his condition will be determined if he actually seeks asylum,” Helmonds said.
The flight takes an average of 11 hours between Johannesburg and Amsterdam, and the Royal Netherlands Military Police said that if the flight had been parked in Kenya, the journey would have lasted several hours. Luxembourg cargo carrier Carcolex, which was traveling in Stowe, declined to comment on the news.