(HONOLULU) — A 16-year-old boy from California hopped a fence at the San Jose Airport and snuck into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight, stowing away for a five-hour flight, FBI spokesman Tom Simon told ABC News.
Simon said the boy — who ran away from home — passed out inside the unprotected, unpressurized wheel well once the flight got in the air. When the flight landed at the Maui airport at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the boy was still passed out, Simon said. He did not come to for about an hour.
Ground crews later saw the boy walking around the tarmac, Simon said. He was taken into custody and checked by a doctor and found to have no injuries.
The boy has not been charged with any federal crimes in Hawaii, Simon said. He’s been turned over to Hawaiian child protective services.
Alison Croyle, a spokeswoman for Hawaiian Airlines, released a statement, writing, “Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived.” The teen survived frigid temperatures and a lack of oxygen during the flight.
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