A Chinese teenager has been discovered hiding in the cargo hold of an Emirates passenger plane, which flew from Shanghai to Dubai on May 27, 2016.
Emirates has confirmed the the incident involving the boy within one of their aircrafts, also stating Dubai Police are currently investigating the matter.
According to the Dubai-based carrier, the stowaway was discovered on flight EK303 last Friday.
“Emirates can confirm that on May 27, a stowaway was found in the cargo hold of flight EK303 from Shanghai to Dubai.
“We are co-operating fully with authorities in Dubai and as this is a police matter we are unable to comment further at this time,” a spokesperson said.
The airline has not revealed the stowaway’s identity, but China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency have identified him as a 16-year-old boy named Xu.
The news agency said that the boy attempted the risky journey because he had heard that beggars in Dubai could earn hundreds of thousands of Yuan annually which tempted him to board the flight.
Xinhua reported that a translator appointed by prosecutors said the teen jumped over a fence at the Shanghai airport and climbed into the cargo hold while a security guard looked away.
The boy then made the journey in the Airbus A380 cargo hold for over nine hours and reached Dubai.