Ethiopian Man survives flight to Sweden in plane hold

An asylum seeker has been discovered alive in the hold of a plane that landed at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on Friday morning, after smuggling himself on to an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa.

The stowaway was found after the plane landed in Sweden just before 7am. The flight time for journeys between Addis Ababa and Stockholm is typically around eight hours.

The man, who is understood to be in his 20s and was hoping to seek asylum in Sweden, was discovered when staff unloaded luggage from the plane, a spokesperson for Swedavia, which operates Sweden’s main airports, told The Local.

“He was found when they were unloading the cargo from the plane. They opened the compartment and there he was. He was not inside a suitcase, he was sitting down in some way,” said Henrik Kelfve.

“I can’t recall any case like this at Swedish airports happening before.”

Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, which broke the story, reported that the man was checked over by medical staff at Arlanda airport soon after his flight landed.

“He seems to feel pretty okay. A nurse is looking after him right now,” Anders Mattsson, a duty officer at Stockholm police told the newspaper just after 10am.

An hour later, Swedavia confirmed that the man was in police custody.

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