Wed, May 25, 2005
Authorities Point To Lax Airport Security
A young boy -- no more than
ten-years old, according to news reports -- died Wednesday
after he tried to stow away aboard a China Eastern Airlines Airbus
A320 and fell out of a wheel well as the aircraft took off.
It happened around 0750 Wednesday as the aircraft departed
Dunhuang Airport in China's Gansu Province. The aircraft continued
to its destination -- Lanzhou -- and landed without incident.
Chinese aviation authorities speculated the aircraft was about
50 feet AGL when the landing gear began to cycle. That's when they
believe the boy fell from the aircraft.
The Chinese Civil Aviation Commission is investigating, but has
already blasted what it calls "loose safety measures" at Dunhuang
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