Siberian stowaway hitches freezing lift

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A 17-year-old has survived a 50-minute flight hidden in a plane's landing gear in Siberia.

The stowaway crawled into a space above the wheel of the Soviet-built Antonov An-24 turboprop at a small Siberian town's airfield on Saturday, officials said.

Russian television said he survived the 50-minute flight to the regional centre of Irkutsk in just a light coat, despite temperatures of minus 30C. Investigators said the stowaway had fled a foster home, and he reportedly robbed a store before climbing aboard. He is being treated for frostbite.