Friday, August 14, 2015

Ethiopia stowaway gets to Sweden in airliner's hold

(Aug 14, 2015, (BBC))--An Ethiopian man hoping to get asylum in Sweden has been found in the hold of an airliner after a flight from Addis Ababa to Stockholm. He was handed over to Swedish police after a medical check at Arlanda airport. His health is said to be good.

The hold of the Ethiopian Airlines jet would have got very cold during the long flight. There was a stopover in Rome, but he is believed to have come all the way from Addis Ababa.

Such cases are rare, officials say. According to Radio Sweden, the man is an Ethiopian, born in 1991, and intends to seek asylum in Sweden. The plane landed at 06:53 local time (04:53 GMT).

"When the staff were going to unload the baggage, they found the man. He was in good shape, but we made him see a nurse," said Henrik Klefve, spokesman for airport operator Swedavia. Read more from BBC »

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