16 year young boy survives in wheel well of Maui trip
(HONOLULU – USA) Officials say a 16-year-old child is “fortunate to be alive” and unscathed after traveling from California to Hawaii stowed away in a jet’s wheel well, enduring winter at 38,000 feet and too little air.
“Does not even remember the trip,” FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday evening. “It’s amazing he survived that.”
The child was asked from the FBI after being found about the tarmac in the Maui airport Sunday morning without any id, Simon said.
“Kid’s happy to be alive,” Simon said.
Simon said security video in the San Jose airport confirmed the child from Santa Clara, Calif., jumped a fence to make the journey to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The kid had runaway from his household after a disagreement, Simon said. Simon said once the Boeing 767 arrived in Maui, the son began walking round the airport grounds and jumped down in the wheel well.
“He was unconscious for that lion’s share of the trip,” Simon said. The trip lasted about 5½ hours.
Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said the child was observed by flight employees about the ramp following the trip arrived and immediately informed airport security.
“Our main concern today is for that well-being of the child, who’s extremely fortunate to have survived,” Croyle said.
Simon said the child was clinically tested and found to be unscathed.
Safety concerns were instantly increased by their misadventure. A Representative who serves on the Homeland Security panel questioned how a teenager might have snuck onto the airfield at San Jose unseen.
“I’ve always been worried about security at our airport perimeters. #Stowaway teen shows weaknesses that require to be resolved,” tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat who represents the San Francisco Bay Area’s western cities and suburbs.
A Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman said airport authorities were dealing with the Transportation Security Agency as well as the FBI to examine safety in the service included in a study.
“Our problem has been his family and this small boy. Thank God hopefully his health is okay and he survived,” spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.
Officials at Kahului Airport referred inquiries for the State Department of Transportation, which didn’t return a telephone call seeking comment. A Transportation Security Agency spokesman who declined to be called referred inquiries for airport authorities and the FBI.
The child was launched to child protective services and never charged with a crime, Simon said.
In August, a13- or 14-year-old child in Nigeria lasted a 35-minute journey within the wheel well of the domestic flight after stowing away. Authorities acknowledged the tripis short-duration and height around 25,000. Others stowing away in wheel-wells have died, including a 16-year-old killed after stowing away aboard a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Boston this year as well as a guy who dropped onto a suburban London road like a flight from Angola started its descent in 2012.