How did he live? The slim odds against sur­viv­ing the jour­ney

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The sheer phys­i­cal stresses on the body any stow­away climb­ing in­side the land­ing gear faces are in­cred­i­ble. Most are sim­ply fa­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the Federal Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Civil Aero­space Med­i­cal In­sti­tute, the chances of sur­vival of a wheel­well stow­away on a commercial air­craft are around 24 per cent.

Avoid­ing be­ing crushed when the un­der­car­riage re­tracts is the first chal­lenge faced and then in quick suc­ces­sion, hy­pother­mia, hy­poxia and ul­ti­mately fall­ing when the doors re­open.

Ob­vi­ously the land­ing gear well has no heat or oxy­gen sup­ply and is not pres­sur­ized.

At 18,000 feet, the oxy­gen sup­ply be­comes so de­pleted that the stow­away is likely to lose con­scious­ness.

Any­where above 33,000 feet, the stow­away’s lungs would be in need of ar­ti­fi­cial pres­sure to be able to ex­pand and con­tract nor­mally.

Mount Ever­est is 29,029ft and only 5 per cent of the 3,000+ who have made that as­cent have done so with­out oxy­gen

At 38,000 feet, the tem­per­a­ture would be no more than -81f, which usu­ally would prove fa­tal within min­utes.

And as the plane comes into land, as­sum­ing the stow­away is even con­scious, they would have to avoid be­ing crushed again or fall­ing thou­sands of feet to their death.

Culled from dai­ly­

This is the first pic­ture of the 16-year-old boy who trav­eled from San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia to Maui, Hawaii on Sun­day

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