Released plane stowaway found loitering at Kualanamu airport

Jakarta – The man who survived a Garuda Indonesia  flight from Pekanbaru to Jakarta by hiding in the aircraft’s landing gear compartment was found loitering at Medan’s Kualanamu airport Sunday, reports said.

Mario Steven Ambarita was released last week after he was questioned by airport authorities for stowing away, but left his house in Pekanbaru on Friday,  a few days after he returned home, Detik.com reported.

Mario, 21, was found hanging around at Kualanamu, wearing a dark jacket and a yellow t-shirt, the report said.

“We found Mario just now. He’s now in a terminal,” head of Region II Airport Authority, M. Nasir, was quoted as saying.

“We’re looking into how Mario managed to enter the KNIA,” he said.

Mario breached the fence at the Sultan Syarif Kasim II airport in Pekanbaru in Riau province and survived for more than one hour stowing away  in the aircraft’s wheel well this month.

He came out of the compartment dazed and staggering after the plane landed at the Soekarno-Hatta airport, with blood coming out of an ear, officials said.

He told investigators that he wanted to meet President Joko Widodo to ask him why he was not picked as a minister in his cabinet.

Temperatures can drop to well below zero degrees Celsius outside a plane at above 16,000 feet (4,875 metres), and wheel bays are not equipped with heating or oxygen.

Extreme cold and lack of oxygen has killed other stowaways on longer flights.

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