A teenager has survived a flight from San Jose, Calif. to Maui after apparently traveling in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight Sunday morning.
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FBI officials say the 15-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.
FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification.
Simon says security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara, Calif., hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The flight arrived in Maui at 10:31 a.m. The FBI says the child had run away from his family.
The boy will not be charged and was referred to child protective services, according to Simon.
Hawaiian Airlines officials released this statement after learning of the incident: " Our primary concern now is for the wellbeing of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived. Hawaiian and its contractors responsible for handling our aircraft in San Jose are ready to assist various government agencies in their investigation of this incident."