Teen survives California to Hawaii flight in wheel well

This happens often enough that they should probably leave some blankets in the wheel wells.

The boy, who is from Santa Clara, Calif., says he went to the airport following an argument with his family. It was originally reported the boy is 16; ABC News confirmed the boy is 15.

Many skeptics were questioning whether the incident was even possible. The FBI says there is security footage from the Mineta San Jose International Airport that verified the boy hopped over fence, walked toward Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, and crawled into the wheel well Sunday morning.

The boy allegedly told investigators he lost consciousness when the plane took off. He then allegedly rode in the tiny cramped compartment for five hours.

After the plane landed in Maui, he regained consciousness and emerged to a dumbfounded ground crew virtually unharmed.

"You're talking about altitudes that are well above the altitude of Mount Everest and temperatures that can reach 40 degrees below zero," said aviation analyst Peter Forman. "A lot of people would only have useful consciousness for a minute or two up at that altitude. For somebody to survive multiple hours with that lack of oxygen and that cold is just miraculous. I've never heard of anything like that before."

Maui Airport says it has video of him crawling out of the left main gear area.

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8 Responses:

  1. Mark Welch says:

    CNN apparently decided to stage a demonstration of how to crawl up into a wheel well, to illustrate the danger or something. "Whatever you do, kids, don't do this!"

  2. Mark Welch says:

    CNN apparently decided to stage a demonstration of how to crawl up into a wheel well, to illustrate the danger or something. "Whatever you do, kids, don't do this!"

    • Pavel Lishin says:

      It would be nice if they demonstrated a full plane full of their most useless anchors, and, uh... I don't know what the term is for the people who decide to run with the Malaysia Airlines story for weeks on end, but pack a plane full of them and recreate the incident.

  3. Darby says:

    What... Iniki.....?

  4. nooj says:

    Remember, kids, if you're going to have a lack of oxygen, be hypothermic levels of cold, too! It worked for Rasputin and The Thing, it can work for you!

  5. juliansr says:

    TSA, Airport 'Security', the charade continues. FWIW this is also a nice way to get to Phloston Paradise.