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Sunday 3 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

'Riding a rollercoaster without a seatbelt': How a teen survived 5 hours inside an aeroplane wheel

It’s a miracle.

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“IT’S A MIRACLE, he got incredibly lucky.”

That is the only explanation offered by aviation expert Jon Day for how a teenager survived a five-hour flight inside a plane’s wheel well.

The 16-year-old boy flew from California to Hawaii, surviving -50°F temperatures and speeds of 300 miles per hour at 38,000 feet.

The stowaway was discovered on the tarmac at Maui airport on Sunday morning. He had been unconscious for most of the flight.

In the video above, Day gets into the small space which the teen found himself tucked into for five hours and thirty minutes.

Read: Teen survives five hour flight inside the wheel of an aeroplane

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