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FBI: 16-year-old stowaway survives unharmed in wheel well of California-Hawaii flight

Teen run away from family after an argument

A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification.

``Kid's lucky to be alive,'' Simon said.

Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The teen had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. When the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds, he said.

``He was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight,'' Simon said. The flight lasted about 5 1/2 hours.

Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said airline personnel noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived and immediately notified airport security.

``Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived,'' Croyle said.

Simon said the boy was medically screened and found to be unharmed.

``Doesn't even remember the flight,'' Simon said. ``It's amazing he survived that.''

The boy will not be charged and was referred to child protective services, Simon said.

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  1. john posted on 04/21/2014 05:50 AM
    that kid is very luky lik i was .
    it is realy cold in the air up ther .
    thay say that i was luky too when i did it from a long tim ago in the hubcap of the big plan .
  2. john posted on 04/23/2014 01:42 PM
    aaahh is that sooo cute . some jack off is trying to impersonate me .
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