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The medical conundrum of plane stowaways

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A man is fighting for his life after apparently surviving stowing away in the undercarriage of a 5,600-mile (9,000km) flight to London. Given extremely low temperatures and a lack of oxygen, how was he able to survive the journey? (www.bbc.co.uk) Mais...

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vialegiuliocesare8
p m 1
no one mentioned compressed air from tyres, just heat from brakes
vialegiuliocesare8
p m 1
thanks Tom, apologies for my misunderstanding

tomhoc
Tom Hockley 1
That's right - that's why I mentioned it. The heat concern is just one of the vital concerns of staying alive. Sufficient air to breathe is another.

I can see why you might have thought I was responding to your comment, because I have started my comment with a question that seems to be quoting you. My opening sentence would have been much clearer had I said "Has anyone thought about the compressed air in the tyres as a possible source for his breathable air?"
Paul1davis
Paul Davis 1
You guys ever heard of Nitrogen? Completely inert and completely unbreathable. It's what was in the tyres. So even if they climbed into the Undercarriage Bay with a regulator, it would have killed them.
tomhoc
Tom Hockley 1
For sure, thanks Paul; dagnamit - that's what I was thinking when I wrote "non-expanding gases". I should have spent more time thinking before I typed, that's for sure!
Oh well, pop goes another theory.
vialegiuliocesare8
p m 1
Just to say that the place may be heated by brakes heat, for sometime.
How long I don't know.
tomhoc
Tom Hockley 1
Compressed air in the tyres? They don't use any of these non-expanding gases do they? Did the plane land on a set of flat tyres? Can't imagine sucking rubbery air for 11 hours! Must have brought some gear to regulate pressure and filter it. No way could he carry enough air for 11 hours - those heavy skuba tanks don't last anywhere near that long. OR ... he stopped breathing for much of the trip.
vialegiuliocesare8
p m 0
In the good old times when it as possible to enter the cockpit during a flight I happened to see a display showing brakes temperature of a RJ85. More than one hour into our Milan to Brussels flight brakes temperature was still 450 plus degrees celsius. I asked the captain and he said it was normal as brakes heat up during taxing and stay hot for a long time. Could that be an explanation? Are landing gear receptacles heated by brakes?
linbb
linbb 0
UMM what is a landing gear receptacle? Don't think they have anything that plugs into the landing gear while in the wheel WELLS.
Paul1davis
Paul Davis 1
Picky! It's just a quaint way of saying Undercarriage Bay.

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