A teenage boy has survived a flight from California to Hawaii
in the wheel well of a jetliner.
The 16-year-old, who was not identified, was spotted by
airline personnel after Hawaiian Airlines flight 45 landed in
Maui on Sunday morning (local time) on a flight from San
Jose, California, the airline said. The workers then notified
FBI officials confirmed that the boy had travelled from San
Jose to Maui in the plane's wheel well, the airline said. The
flying time from San Jose to Hawaii is more than five hours.
Hawaiian Airlines had no information about how the boy had
managed to survive at an altitude of tens of thousands of
feet that jets on that route over the Pacific typically fly
"Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy,
who is exceptionally lucky to have survived," Hawaiian
Airlines said in a statement, adding it and its contractors
in San Jose were "ready to assist various government agencies
in their investigation of this incident."