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Teenager Survives ‘Miracle’ Trip in Wheel Well of Flight from California to Hawaii

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old boy survived a five-and-a-half-hour trip in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, the FBI said.

CBS News reports that the boy was questioned by the the FBI after he was discovered Sunday on the tarmac without identification at the Maui airport.

“I would imagine flying (at that altitude), it would be very cold. Also … that wheel well really is not pressurized or temperature controlled, so it would be a miracle to have survived,” Maui Airport Duty Manager Marvin Moniz said.

What’s worrisome to federal authorities is how easily Simon hopped a fence to get on the plane at Santa Clara.

Authorities said he was running away from home after an argument

“He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight,” FBI spokesman Tom Simon said.

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