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CONTINUING COVERAGE on SUNRISE: FBI says teen from California stowed away in Hawaiian jet's wheel well

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The FBI says a teenager stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Maui from San Jose, California. 

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The 16-year-old boy was attempting to run away from his home in Santa Clara, Calif. when he climbed over a fence at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport and hopped into a wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45.

According to the FBI, the boy didn't know where the Boeing 767 jet was headed.

The Hawaiian jet landed in Kahului around 10:30 Sunday morning and Hawaiian Air employees at Kahului Airport saw the boy tumble out of the wheel well around 11:30.
  
"Our primary concern now is for the wellbeing of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived," Hawaiian said in a statement.
 
The teen had no identification on him and was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
 
Tom Simon, FBI spokesman, said the boy was apparently unconscious for most of the five-hour flight and was disoriented when he was discovered on the Maui airport tarmac.
 
Trans Pacific flights usually fly at altitudes of about 38,000 feet, making it extremely difficult to breathe. Temperatures also drop to as low as 80 degrees below zero.
  
"Within a few minutes up at that altitude, the person would pass out and usually they would not survive for hours on end up there so it just boggles the mind," said aviation expert Peter Forman. "You would suffocate most likely up there. It's extremely unlikely that somebody would survive that long at that altitude. And if they did survive, you would think that they would have frostbite and all sorts of problems associated with the cold up there." 
Despite the ordeal, the FBI said the boy did not suffer any serious medical problems.
 
The boy is now in the hands of Hawaii Child Protective Services officials.
 
Hawaiian said the company and its contractors responsible for handling our aircraft in San Jose are ready to assist various government agencies in their investigation of this incident.

We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available. 

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