Authorities are investigating how a hapless baggage handler came to take an unexpected flight in a plane’s cargo hold, emerging in another state.
Last weekend, however, United Express flight 6060 took off with him still inside the cargo hold. He arrived at Dulles International Airport in Washington about 75 minutes later.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed it was investigating and would be checking whether the cargo contractor followed procedures on ensuring that nobody was inside the cargo hold before closing the doors.
Gaskin emerged unhurt and no charges have been laid. Although the Embraer 170 aircraft reached up to 27,000 feet, the airline said the cargo hold is temperature-controlled and pressurised.
Gaskin was quoted by the Washington Post saying: “I thank God. He was with me.” He added that a lawyer had advised him not to discuss the matter further.
Written by Peter Needham