It’s still unclear how a 15-year-old teenager stowed away inside the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines 767 and survived amid the high altitude, frigid temperatures and low oxygen as the plane flew for more than five hours.
Residents believe the teen lives in Santa Clara, Calif., with his parents and three siblings. His father is a cab driver, and neighbors say they only see the family in passing.
“They’re really quiet neighbors,” a neighbor said. “So we don’t hear noises or anything.”
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The boy made his way to a fence surrounding the San Jose Airport Saturday. He scaled it, evading several layers of security, including video surveillance, German shepherds and Segway-riding officers, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.
“It does appear that he did scale a partr perimeter fence line under the cover of darkness and remained undetected as he proceeded onto the aircraft ramp and then proceeded into the wheel well of the aircraft,” Barnes said.
As daylight broke, the boy remained undiscovered for the 8 a.m. takeoff. He chose the first plane he saw and may not have realized he would be in the air for more than five hours, FBI spokesman Tom Simon said.
“He got very lucky that he got to go to Maui but he was not targeting Maui as a destination,” Si