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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Boy Runs Away from Home by Hiding in Jet Wheel Well

A 15-year-old boy is recovering with severe frostbite after hiding in the wheel well of a plane flying from Perm to Moscow, Tvoi Den reported Monday.

The boy, identified only as Andrei, fell from the plane after it landed in Moscow. He was hospitalized with severe frostbite to his feet and hands. The newspaper printed pictures of him in a Moscow hospital bed with one hand heavily bandaged.

City transportation police confirmed that the incident took place, RIA-Novosti reported.

Andrei ran away from home Friday after falling out with his mother over his father's drinking, the report quoted his mother as saying. He made his way to Perm before somehow boarding the Boeing 737 flight to Moscow.

"The poor boy," said his mother, Olga. "I will never forgive myself."

Stowaways in plane wheel wells are not uncommon on flights, but many do not survive the journey, either being crushed when the wheels retract or dying of temperatures that can reach minus 40 degrees Celsius.

In July, a body was discovered inside the wheel well of a United Airlines Boeing 747 that landed in San Francisco after a flight from Shanghai. In January, a body was found in an airplane wheel well after a Delta Air Lines flight landed in Atlanta after a nine-hour flight from Dakar, Senegal.