Teenage Stowaway Survives Flight in Unpressurized Wheel Well: The teenager who miraculously survived a five-hour journey in the unpressurized wheel well of a jetliner said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and his dad.
Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spent some time with the stowaway on Sunday after an airport worker found the 15-year-old wandering the tarmac disoriented. The FAA reports that 105 stowaways have sneaked aboard flights since 1947 and about 1 in 4 survive.
The teen told Moniz that he hadn’t seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old and that he wanted to go see her. Airport surveillance video captured the stowaway wearing a hoodie, jeans and sneakers, exiting the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767.
After the flight was airborne, the boy passed out inside the wheel well, FBI officials said. When the plane landed after a 2,300-mile journey, the boy was still passed out and he did not come to for about an hour, the FBI said.