Stowaway who survived flight to UK leaves hospital

The man was left critically ill after hiding above the wheel arch of a British Airways jet in June.

FILE: The UK’s Home Office has confirmed the stowaway who defied the odds by surviving an 11-hour flight from South Africa to the UK has been released from hospital.  Picture: Supplied.

LONDON - A stowaway who survived a 9,000 kilometre plane journey from Johannesburg to London, in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees, has been discharged from hospital in the UK, according to British authorities.

The man was left critically ill after hiding above the wheel arch of a British Airways jet back in June but is now said to have made a 'significant recovery'.

Meanwhile, the identity of a fellow stowaway, whose dead body was found after falling from the same plane, remains a mystery.

Despite now being transferred to Britain's largest immigration centre just a few miles from Heathrow Airport, the survivor's condition continues to be monitored closely.

Medical experts say he would have contended with life-threatening risks such as hypothermia, coma and oxygen deprivation during his journey.

Officials remain tight-lipped on the man's name and say that his identity and nationality are continuing to be investigated.

There's also no confirmation of the identity of the man's companion, who died from multiple injuries and when he fell from the aircraft as it made its descent into Heathrow.

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