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article imageCalifornia stowaway survives Hawaii flight in wheel well of plane

By Anne Sewell     Apr 21, 2014 in Odd News
Kahului - An extremely lucky 16-year-old boy survived after deciding to run away from home this weekend, stowing away in the wheel well of a plane, in sub-zero temperatures, on a flight from California to sunny Hawaii.
According to the FBI, the plane would have reached heights of 38,000 feet and temperatures would have been below zero in the wheel well. Also, the flying time from San Jose to Hawaii is, apparently, more than five hours.
Honolulu office FBI special agent Tom Simon theorizes that the boy would have quickly lost consciousness as the plane took off. Apparently temperatures in the wheel compartment sink as low as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (62 degrees Celsius below zero).
It took an hour for the boy to regain consciousness after the plane landed on Sunday morning in Maui airport, where he was spotted by the ground crew.
Simon said that it was an “apparent miracle” as the boy had no special gear of any kind.
According to the stowaway himself, he told the FBI that he ran away from home in Santa Clara and climbed a fence at the San Jose airport in California. He then simply crossed the tarmac and crawled into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45.
The boy underwent a medical examination by local child protection officials and appears to be unharmed by the experience. Simon said that the boy’s story checked out and that no federal charges have been filed against him.
Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement that their personnel "noticed the individual on the ramp after the flight's arrival and immediately notified airport security," adding their primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy “who is exceptionally lucky to have survived.”
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