A 16-year-old boy somehow survived a five and a half hour flight halfway across the Pacific Ocean—from San Jose to Maui—while stowed away in a passenger jet's wheel well.
"Kid's lucky to be alive," FBI spokesman Tom Simon told the Associated Press.
to Simon, the teen, whose name was not released, hopped the fence at
the San Jose airport after running away from home. He then walked around
the airport's tarmac until—for reason's that remain unclear—climbing
into one of the plane's wheel wells.
teenager spent much of the 2,400 mile flight in freezing
temperatures—the flight's cruising altitude was 38,000 feet—and with
was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight," Simon said.
"Doesn't even remember the flight. It's amazing he survived that."
in Hawaii detained and questioned the teenager after finding him
wandering the Maui airport tarmac without identification. After a
medical examination—amazingly, he escaped any injury during the
flight—he was released to child protective services. He won't be charged
with a crime.