Stow­away, 16, sur­vives in WHEEL WELL of jet­liner

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - The 16-year-old some­how sur­vived un­harmed while stowed in the wheel well

A16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from Cal­i­for­nia to Hawaii on Sun­day, sur­viv­ing the trip half­way across the Pa­cific Ocean un­harmed de­spite frigid tem­per­a­tures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxy­gen, FBI and air­line of­fi­cials said.

FBI spokesman Tom Si­mon in Honolulu told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Sun­day night that the boy was ques­tioned by the FBI af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered on the tar­mac at the Maui air­port with no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Kid’s lucky to be alive,” Si­mon said.

Si­mon said se­cu­rity footage from the San Jose air­port ver­i­fied that the boy from Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, hopped a fence to get to Hawai­ian Air­lines Flight 45 on Sun­day morn­ing. The child had run away from his fam­ily af­ter an ar­gu­ment, Si­mon said.

Si­mon said when the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wan­der­ing around the air­port grounds.

“He was un­con­scious for the lion’s share of the flight,” Si­mon said. The flight lasted about 5½ hours.

Hawai­ian Air­lines spokes­woman Ali­son Croyle said air­line per­son­nel no­ticed the boy on the ramp af­ter the flight ar­rived and im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied air­port se­cu­rity.

“Our pri­mary con­cern now is for the well-be­ing of the boy, who is ex­cep­tion­ally lucky to have sur­vived,” Croyle said.

Si­mon said the boy was med­i­cally screened and found to be un­harmed.

“Doesn’t even re­mem­ber the flight,” Si­mon said. “It’s amaz­ing

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