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Teen survived after 5-hours flight to Hawaii in landing gear wheel well

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The chances of surviving a flight from inside the wheel well of an airliner are incredibly small. But on Monday, a 16-year-old California teen beat the odds.

wheel-wellOn Sunday, he breached the security fence at San Jose International Airport and flew to Maui, Hawaii, in the landing-gear wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft.

When the plane touched down five hours later, the boy was unconscious inside the wheel well. An hour later, he was seen walking along the tarmac. He told authorities he was from Santa Clara, California, and ran away from home Sunday morning. He didn't have an ID, and was carrying only a comb.

Hawaiian Airlines said, "Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived." As unlikely as it sounds, officials believe the boy rode in the tiny, cramped compartment for almost five hours, at altitudes that reached 38,000 feet, without oxygen and under subzero temperatures.
Sources: ABC News, CNN

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