Stowaway found aboard Emirates flight

2016-05-31 22:36


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Dubai - A teenage boy sneaked into the cargo hold of an Emirates passenger plane in China and made it all the way to Dubai before being apprehended, the airline and Chinese media said on Tuesday.

The Dubai-based airline, the Middle East's biggest, said the stowaway was found in the cargo hold of Flight EK303 from Shanghai on May 27.

"We are co-operating fully with authorities in Dubai and as this is a police matter we are unable to comment further at this time," said the airline.

It did not give any details on the identity or condition of the stowaway, though China's official Xinhua News Agency said he was a 16-year-old boy identified only by his surname, Xu.

He tried to make the risky journey because he had heard that beggars in Dubai could earn hundreds of thousands of yuan annually, the news agency reported.

Xinhua reported that the consulate has sent staffers to the airport to learn more about the situation. A translator appointed by prosecutors said the teen jumped over a fence at the Shanghai airport and climbed into the cargo hold while a security guard looked away, the agency said.

Dubai is home to the world's busiest airport for international travel and is a major destination for job-seekers from around the world.

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