UPDATED: Teen survives 4 1/2 hour plane ride – in the wheel well

In a case that’s raising eyebrows around the world, a 16-year-old decided to go on vacation to Hawaii. What’s so weird about that? He hitched a ride in the wheel well of the aircraft, a Boeing 767 from San Jose, Calif.

Exposed to temperatures well below zero for five-and-a-half hours with oxygen at nonexistent levels , this crazy kid should’ve died by all figures. He survived because of “dumb luck mostly,” said one Miami doctor. Also curious is why CNN is asking a doctor in Miami for this, but that’s not important right now.

Said CNN:

He hopped an airport fence, ran to the plane and climbed onto Hawaii Airlines Flight 45, the FBI said. Once confident that the teen did not present a threat, the FBI dropped out of the investigation.

“It appears that this teenager scaled a section of our perimeter,” Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes told CNN. The boy “was able to proceed onto our ramp under cover of darkness and enter the wheel well of an aircraft.”

They say the kid ran away from home after an argument with his family, but that’s one heck of a way to escape.


NBC released security camera video of the teenager, walking around after landing — looking pretty dazed and confused. Have a look: