Authorities investigate bag handlers accidental flightby ASC Staff on Jan 5, 2017
The FAA in the US has launched an investigation into how a man ended up flying in the hold of a United Airlines aircraft on a domestic flight.
The baggage handler was found unharmed after the United Express flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, landed Sunday at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.
The hold of the Embraer jet was temperature-controlled and pressurized, United Airlines spokeswoman Erin Benson said.
The plane was operated for United by Mesa Airlines, but the bag handler works for a Mesa contractor, G2 Secure Staff, Benson added.
G2, which is based in Irving, Texas, issued a statement saying that its employee travelled in the cargo hold "on accident" and that it is cooperating with investigations into the incident, Mesa did not reply to a request for comment.
This isn't the first time an airport worker has accidentally flown in a cargo hold. In 2015, an Alaska Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Seattle after pilots and passengers heard someone banging on the cargo hold beneath them after takeoff.
The man said he had fallen asleep while loading bags.
There have also been stowaways. In 2014, a teenage boy flew in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet from California to Hawaii, surviving thin air and freezing temperatures.