A stowaway was found alive but in critical condition in the landing gear of a commercial flight from Algeria to Paris on Thursday. Official figures show the mortality rate for stowaways is 77 percent.
The man – who is belived to be in his 20s, but was not carrying ID – was on an Air Algerie flight that landed at Orly Airport.
He is being treated for serious injuries in hospital.
The stowaway was discovered during a routine technical check of the plane wheel-house, which is unpressurised and can face temperatures of minus 60 degrees celsius and a lack of oxygen.
An airport source told French news agency AFP that the man was suffering severe hypothermia after the 2.5-hour flight from the western Algerian town of Oran.
Data from Flight Radar 24 shows the Boeing 737 quickly reached a cruising altitude of around 36,000 feet, where it remained for over an hour before slowly descending over the next hour until its arrival on Thursday morning.
In June 2022, the bodies of two brothers were found in the hold of one of Air Algerie's A330 aircraft after a turnaround flight to Barcelona.