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Stowing Away isn't as fun as it used to be. [Jun. 8th, 2005|07:17 pm]
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FLORAL PARK, New York (AP) -- The body of an apparent stowaway was ripped in half during flight Tuesday and his leg crashed into a suburban neighborhood, where a homeowner found the severed limb in the middle of her lawn, authorities said.

Pam Hearne heard "a loud crash" and later was stunned to see a foot clad in an Adidas sneaker and a sock in her yard, said Officer Thomas Blanchard. The leg, with hip and spine attached, dented the shingled roof of her garage before bouncing into the lawn.

Police suspect the remains are from a stowaway who may have been crushed as the South African Airways jet lowered its landing gear on its approach to Kennedy Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the pilot of flight 203 would have probably started lowering the plane's landing gear in the sky over the home in Floral Park, about 5 miles from the airport.

Peters said a Customs agent that met the flight at the airport found another leg hanging from the wheel well.

The airline said in a statement that the flight landed with "no impact" on the passengers and crew and it was working closely with authorities to investigate how someone may have stowed away.

The flight originated in Johannesburg, and made one stop in Senegal. Authorities had not identified the remains, which were hauled away from Hearne's yard in a plastic bag.

Hearne, a special education teacher, said that when she first saw the leg in the grass, "it didn't look real."

"But I am very glad that I live where I do," she said, "so I don't have to run for my life like this man probably was doing."

There have been cases of stowaways being crushed by the mechanism in aircraft wheel wells and perishing from the extreme cold at high altitude.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/08/plane.body.ap/index.html
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[User Picture]From: bfes86
2005-06-08 05:13 pm (UTC)
that would be a nice suprise to find in your yard. You just walk outside and *wham* there's a leg...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-08 08:03 pm (UTC)
Right? I think I'd assume it was a joke at first.. imagine, your dog goes over to smell and then starts bitign it.. and you realize it's actually a real leg. *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: nic0tine
2005-06-08 05:13 pm (UTC)
first comment! score.
that's odd.
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[User Picture]From: nic0tine
2005-06-08 05:13 pm (UTC)
damnit. nevermind.
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[User Picture]From: rouninisapphire
2005-06-08 05:45 pm (UTC)
ugh...

it really makes you wonder wtf that guy was running from.

maybe he earned his death. you never know.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-08 08:07 pm (UTC)
Possibly.. but to do that you must have been running from something SERIOUSLY bad.. and either you were the cause of it, or the recipient. I suppose if there's anything to karma, he earned it, but that whole karma business seems to be pretty wonky to me. The jerks keep getting good stuff, and the good people keep getting shit, you know?
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2005-06-08 06:12 pm (UTC)
owwww. that would hurt soooo bad!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-08 08:10 pm (UTC)
It really would. I imagine he died almost immediately though, don't you think?
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[User Picture]From: synthiacat
2005-06-08 06:53 pm (UTC)
That poor guy. He must have really come from a horrible place for him to resort to that. That's just terrible. I feel awful for him. Gosh... Oh well, it makes me feel a little better about my life.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-08 08:11 pm (UTC)
That's about the first thing I thought too. *nod* It really puts things in perspective, don't it? I wish I could have heard his story.
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From: deederiti
2005-06-08 07:19 pm (UTC)
i would have freaked out so much if that had happened to me.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-08 08:17 pm (UTC)
Right? You mean finding the leg (w/ spine attached? -- *SHUDDER*) right?

Because if you lost your leg and spine, you wouldn't be freaking out. You'd be good and dead. ugh.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-08 10:14 pm (UTC)
Right? I wonder what it would go for on Ebay?
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[User Picture]From: noblestride
2005-06-08 10:31 pm (UTC)
They always told me that stowing away is dangerous, but I had no idea! Good way to get rid of unwanted people. Have a problem with someone, stick them in the wheel well >:).
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-09 04:50 pm (UTC)
Right? I wonder if bad people will read this article and use that from now on..
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From: m_buggie
2005-06-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
Certainly not the most dignified of deaths, but a memorable one. How morbid.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? *shudder*
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From: lostways
2005-06-09 02:27 am (UTC)
eh, see cartoons and movies = hey it may work until ya know reaility gives you a crushing or cold realization hey! they only acting now ya going to get crushed or die from the freezing weather. I can img his words on the afterlife . Death or whatever "SO how you die?" man "well i thought it was a good idea to stowaway in a plane..." Death or whatever "oh the old hey it work in the movies or cartoon death where as the wheels or extrame cold kills you right? " man "yea...boo hoo"
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-09 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :)
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[User Picture]From: pennylanelives
2005-06-09 10:14 am (UTC)
did his spine get ripped right out? eww.

i'd be screaming and hopping around on one foot for weeks.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-09 06:40 pm (UTC)
LOL. Wow, that's an image.

Though I bet you'd be dead, darling.

And yeah, it would seem that the spine was attached according to the article. *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-09 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's sad!
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[User Picture]From: dominatrixcat
2005-06-09 07:32 pm (UTC)
sadistically wonderful
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From: eliotsuit
2005-06-09 09:33 pm (UTC)
I wonder where the rest of him went. I think if a leg fell out of the sky onto my lawn, I'd take it in the house and eat it. If it looked fairly fresh. You know, I'd cook it first.

...what, I'm curious!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-06-09 09:36 pm (UTC)
*STARE* Ewwwwwwww.

I'm a vegetarian, so that's disgusting on more then one level.
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