A teenage stowaway who hitched a ride from San Jose to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jet says he knew exactly what he was doing when he hopped a fence at the airport.
A Bay Area teen who survived a flight to Hawaii by stowing away in a wheel well of a jet has spoken candidly about his death defying journey in an interview with KPIX 5.
Pilot to flight control: “…um, we have a little gate delay here. A guy is seeming to have stowed away in the landing gear.”
A Maui woman with Bay Area ties fell 150-feet to her death Thursday.
The family of the 15 year old who breached security at Mineta San Jose International Airport and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet says he’s run away before, and was not trying to get to Africa, or see his birth mother, despite international reports.
San Jose’s Mineta Airport has hundreds of security cameras, but they were unable to deter a teenage boy that snuck onto a secure area hours before stowing away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii.
A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.
Airport surveillance video could dispel doubts that a 15-year-old boy from the Bay Area actually hitched a ride aboard a passenger jet and flew from San Jose Mineta International Airport to Maui over the weekend, and survived the flight.
The South Bay teen who survived a five plus hour flight inside the wheel well of a jet traveling from San Jose to Maui is lucky to be alive today. A look at other stowaway attempts reveals that successful wheel well trips are rare, but not completely unprecedented.
The city of San Jose will not pursue criminal charges against a teen boy who snuck into the wheel well of an airliner early Sunday and survived a five-hour flight to Hawaii, San Jose Mineta International Airport officials said.