3 Kenyans Who Hanged on Plane Trying to Escape the Country

  • Kenya has been on the spot for infamous stowaways who captured global attention for going to extreme ends to flee the country.

    While some stowaways have been able to get asylum in foreign countries, others have met their untimely death trying to escape Kenya.

    Herein are three cases that shocked the world, as the stowaways went in search of greener pastures

    January 2022

    Individuals at an airport lobby

    Individuals at an airport lobby.


    An unnamed 22-year-old Kenyan captured the world’s attention in January 2022 when he hid in the nose wheel of a cargo plane flying from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

    The plane stopped in Nairobi, and investigators believed the Kenyan used that opportunity to escape. 

    Doctors could not believe how the young man survived for 11 hours with low oxygen concentration and freezing temperatures.

    Once rescued from the cargo plane, the Kenyan applied for asylum in the Netherlands.

    February 2021

    Another 16-year-old boy, on February 2021, survived 8,000 kilometres of flight hidden on the plane’s landing gear.

    The boy was found on the tarmac of Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands, having hidden on the plane when it made a stopover at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). 

    It was unmatched resolve as the boy hanged on the plane as it crisscrossed three continents, making stopovers at Turkey and London.


    Entrance to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

    Entrance to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.


    In 2019, a young man with a Kenyan link was not lucky to survive his escape plan from Kenya.

    The unidentified youth dropped from a plane as it prepared to land at London’s Heathrow Airport

    Initial investigations detailed that the young man boarded the plane at Kenya but the findings were vehemently refuted by other authorities.

    The plane’s management announced that it could account for all its staff, and CCTV footage did not reveal any outsiders boarding the aircraft.

    “A multiagency team conducting the investigation has reviewed more than 1000 hours of CCTV footage.

    “No finding of intrusion or suspicious activity has been observed on the recordings,” the authority said in a statement.


Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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