Teen Survives In Wheel Well Of Maui Flight

Maui Flight

A 16-year-old boy survived a harrowing trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean Sunday after climbing into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet flying from San Jose to Maui, emerging unharmed despite freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen on a flight that reached an altitude of 38,000 feet, an FBI official said.

“How he survived I don’t know,” said Tom Simon, an FBI spokesman based in Honolulu. “It’s a miracle.”

Security footage from San Jose’s Mineta International Airport verified that the teen, from Santa Clara, Calif., hopped a fence and made his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, where he manged to climb up the wheel well and stow away without being detected.

For more on this story visit: Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times