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California teen stowaway rides plane wheel to Hawaii

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CBS Local is reporting today that a Santa Clara teenage boy is doing fine after riding in the wheel well of a plane/jet on Hawaiian Airlines for over five hours on Sunday. Officials say the teen stowaway jumped a fence at the San Jose Airport and slipped into the plane's wheel, after he ran away from home due to an argument.

Officials are shocked the boy survived the 5/12 hour flight from California to Maui, Hawaii, stating that he would have endured extremely cold temperatures and little oxygen at 38,000 feet in the air, according to USA Today.

When questioned, the boy told security that he couldn't remember the flight.
Flying at such high altitudes, experts say the teen would have passed out during the entire flight.

The teen came to the attention of officials, after he was observed lifting himself down from the wheel of flight 45 once the plane came to a halt.

FBI officials will not charge the teen with any crime, since he did not pose a threat to airport security.

The identity of the teen stowaway has not been given.



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