Boy survives a flight in plane's wheel well

By Gabisile Ngcobo
22 April 2014

A teenage boy apparently traveled from San Jose, California, to Maui, Hawaii, in the landing gear wheel well for about five and hour hours in a Boeing 767.

We thought flying economy was uncomfortable --  but a teenage boy survived a trip from San Jose, California, to Maui, Hawaii, in the landing gear wheel well for five and hour hours in a Boeing 767. According to reports, the 16-year-old boy journeyed halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed, enduring freezing temperatures at 38 000 feet and a lack of oxygen. New York Post said the boy jumped over a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning.
'He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight'

“The child had run away from his family after an argument… When the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds,” the publication says.

“He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight.”

He is said to be very lucky to be alive.

In August, a teenage boy in Nigeria also survived a 35-minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight after stowing away.

Two others were not as lucky -- a 16-year-old who stowed away aboard a flight from Charlotte, NC, to Boston in 2010 and a man who fell onto a suburban London Street as a flight from Angola was descending in 2012.

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