Man Trapped in Cargo Hold Managed to Survive Flight

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Man Trapped in Cargo Hold Managed to Survive Flight
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Baggage handler Reginald Gaskin found himself in an unfortunate position and caught a very lucky break. It was a normal day in baggage handling, when handler Reginald Gaskin. 

It was a short, routine flight on Mesa Airlines as the Embraer 175 made its 90-minute journey from Charlotte Douglas Airport to Dulles International. All seemed normal; but when the plane arrived at Dulles’ gate, Gaskin was found unharmed among the luggage in the storage compartment.

If you’re asking who could have possibly lock themselves in storage like that, it might not be as hard as you think. Airlines are an extremely loud and busy place to be, and it’s likely that everyone is wearing ear protection to make things even harder to hear. If the storage door is accidentally closed on a baggage handler when loading up, there’s a good chance that nobody could hear them.

Officials claimed that Gaskin was extremely fortunate to not have died mid-flight, as airliners reach an altitude of about 27,000 feet. For those of you who don’t know – that’s pretty cold; in fact, it’s about the same temperature as the summit of Mount Everest. You would freeze to death in a matter of minutes at those temperatures.

So how the heck did he survive? 

Most regional jets, like the Embraer 175, have two separate cargo holds for baggage; one is pressurized and temperature-controlled while the other is essentially an ice box that’s used to store non-perishables. Fortunately for Gaskin, he found himself in the cozy temperature-controlled space where he flied in similar conditions to the other passengers. When he flight landed he refused medical attention and said he was fine, Mesa Airlines and others are investigating this incident further.

With so many films making adaptations of ‘real events’, don’t be surprised if you see this in theaters in a few years where Gaskin finds himself in the OTHER cargo hold. Ever see ‘127 Hours’?