Two caught trying to stow onboard Singapore-bound flight from Jakarta

Travellers line up at Garuda's check in counter at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta in this picture released March 6, 2017. — Reuters pic
Travellers line up at Garuda's check in counter at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta in this picture released March 6, 2017. — Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, March 10 ― Two Indonesian men were caught at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport recently for attempting to fly to Singapore by hiding in the wheel well of an aircraft, Indonesian media report.

However, they were apprehended before they could carry out their plan.

According to Indonesia daily Harian Warta Kota yesterday, the two men had snuck into the airport’s apron by crawling under the airport’s perimeter fence. They then proceeded to hide in a Turkish Airlines container, where they were found by airport security staff.

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport spokesman Dewandono Prasetyo said the two men, aged 17 and 20, later admitted that they had infilitrated the airport’s tarmac in order to stow away aboard a plane to Singapore.

“They planned to fly by riding the plane’s (wheel well),” Dewandono said.

According to the Jakarta Post, the two men, named Andreas and Rendiansyah, were inspired to pull off the stunt by a movie they had watched. Both men are currently being held by the police. ― TODAY

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