KQ plane forced to turn around after stowaway discovered mid-air

Disruption after stowaway is discovered

KQ Plane landing

A Kenya Airways plane was forced to turn back to South Africa after a stowaway was found on board.

Reports by Aviation Herald News indicated that the flight was on its way out of Johannesburg when the crew was informed of a maintenance engineer who should have been left behind.

The Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8, registration 5Y-KZC performing flight KQ-761 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Nairobi (Kenya) turned back and the engineer was found safe and sound.

The Boeing 787-8 plane is said to have stayed at the airport for almost an hour before resuming the journey to Nairobi.

Stowaway conscious

"While levelling off at FL310 the crew turned around and returned to Johannesburg for a safe landing on runway 03R about 30 minutes later," the Aviation Herald reported.

"While the aircraft vacated the runway the crew reported, "He's here and conscious!."

In July this year, an unidentified male fell off a Kenya Airways flight to London as it began its descent to the Heathrow Airport after a nine-hour flight from Nairobi.

Dangers of Stowaway

Police investigations confirmed that the man’s body which had smashed into a garden in a residential property in Clapham, South London, was a stowaway.

The stowaway is believed to have concealed himself in the plane’s rear left landing gear well.

Stowaways risk being crushed or burned by the wheels as soon as they are retracted after a flight’s takeoff.

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