A reporter was left trembling as he discovered the life-threatening risks that stowaways take in a bid to travel across seas for a better life in tonight’s Channel 4 documentary The Man Who Fell From The Sky.
In a clip ahead of the episode, Richard Bentley was seen meeting pilot Mike Post, whose flight from Delhi to London in 1996 marked the first recorded death in the UK of a man falling from a plane as it landed on the runway.
‘It was the middle of the night when we took off from Delhi,’ Mike told Richard, in the clip shared with Metro.co.uk.
‘On this occasion, we were held for about 10 minutes at the end of the runway and that is when I suspect he ran out and got into the wheel well.’
‘I don’t think I can get up here even if I try,’ Richard told the pilot, as he attempted to climb into the undercarriage of the plane and see the conditions for himself.
‘Do you know how long he would have had before the wheels started to retract before it left the runway?’
‘It wouldn’t have been very long because you call for the undercarriage to come up when there’s confirmed positive rate of climb,’ Mike explained. ‘Probably a matter of 15 to 20 seconds.’
‘I feel jittery just sitting up here,’ Richard continued. ‘The ledge that he would have ended up on, in my head, I thought it was more inside the plane.
‘You can see the outer skin of the plane and it’s so thin. In terms of warmth and in terms of oxygen, he’s literally may as well be outside.’
He added: ‘I’m trembling, this is scary. I don’t like it at all.’
Mike agreed, and replied: ‘Yes, it’s terrifying.’
The Man Who Fell From The Sky follows Richard as he sets out to investigate the 2015 story of two men who stowed away in the landing gear of a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.
One man survived, while the other plunged to his death.
Richard uncovers who they were, how they got on the plane, and why they decided to undertake such a dangerous and desperate mission.
The Man Who Fell From The Sky airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.