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Miracle stowaway survives five hour jet flight hidden in wheel well

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Miracle stowaway survives five hour jet flight hidden in wheel well


Airport authorities in the US are trying to work out how a 16-year-old boy survived a five hour flight hidden in the wheel well of a jet liner.

During the journey from San Jose airport in California to Maui in Hawaii, the plane climbed to 12,000 metres.

The 16-year-old who was picked up by police after being spotted by ground crew, apparently lost consciousness due to a lack of oxygen and temperatures in the compartment dropping to minus 62 degrees Celsius.

FBI special agent Tom Simon said: “It’s just an apparent miracle.” A medical examination showed he appeared to have been unharmed by the ordeal.

But how did he get onto the plane in the first place?

A spokeswoman for Mineta San Jose International Airport, Rosemary Barnes, gave her theory: “No system is 100 percent secure and it is possible to scale a perimeter fence line, especially under cover of darkness and remain undetected and it appears that is what this teenager did.”

Lucky to be alive, the stowaway arrived in Hawaii carrying nothing but a hair comb. When questioned he told FBI officials he had run away from home.

No criminal charges will be brought against the boy who was turned over to local child protection officials.

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