Teen stowaway survives five-hour flight in plane wheel well

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A 16-year-old boy has survived a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii hidden in the plane's wheel well.

The boy, who is in a stable condition, is thought to have run away from home and jumped over a fence at San Jose airport to get on the plane.

Maui News said security footage showed the boy jumping the fence, and climbing into one of the back wheel wells of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45.

The plane departed San Jose, California, at 7.50am on Sunday and landed at Kahului, Hawaii, at 10.25am.

A spokeswoman for Hawaiian Airlines told the BBC: "Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived."

FBI spokesman Tom Simon said the boy had been unconscious for most of the flight, and had survived freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen as the plane climbed to 39,000ft.

Sky News reports that he simply jumped out of the wheel well when the plane landed and started wondering around the airport.

He was then taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Centre.

The site also reported that airline officials were "ready to assist various government agencies in their investigations of the incident".

Flights were delayed for around three hours as a result of the incident.

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