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Stowaway in Airplane Wheel Dies

A man died yesterday hiding in the wheel well of a United flight from Taiwan to San Francisco, the 59th person to die attempting this in the past 50 years or so.  Officials say the man died either from asphyxiation (not much oxygen at 37,000 feet) or froze to death (-40 below).  He was wearing several jackets, but that wasn’t nearly enough.  incredibly, 16 people have done this and survived, most recently in 2004 when someone stowed away on a flight from Dominican Republic to Miami.

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