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Airplane stowaway...

Discussion in 'Free Speech Alley' started by TigersTailgating, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    Apparently some teenager, unaware of the destination of the flight, stowed away in the tire well of an airplane. He ended up on a 5 hour flight to Hawaii, where he survived temps ranging from -40 to -80 degrees.

    Are we putting too much emphasis on "inside" security of our airports and not enough on the perimeters?
  2. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    If he was able to stay alive in those temps not to mention there isn't much air up there, I say give him a damn surf board and leave him the hell alone.

    How did he do that? Must be named Zadlock or something ridiculous like that.
  3. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    He supposedly passed out right after take off, and didn't awake until about an hour after landing. Flight went from San Jose to Maui... authorities are baffled about how he survived.
  4. uscvball

    uscvball Veteran Member

    I don't buy it. There is more to this story IMO. Those temps and that altitude are not survivable. And it was a Hawaiian Airlines jet so I don't buy he didn't know the destination.
    red55 likes this.
  5. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    Some experts think that the low oxygen, and cold temps slowed down his heart rate, and breathing rate... and that hydrolic fluid and the tires might've helped with a little warmth. I don't know I wasn't there, he told authorities that he was running away from home after a fight with family, and climbed a fence and crawled up into a tire well.

    Take for what it's worth.
  6. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    Yep, heard the story on the radio this am but I'm driving a damn rental and pushed some button on the wheel and couldn't get back to the station in time. I figured they found him dead because like @uscvball I just don't think you could survive up there unprotected. If he did then props to the kid. Hope he gets to enjoy the Islands.
  7. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

    This thing happens from time to time. Usually a corpse drops out when they lower the landing gear. More than one has been crushed by the wheel when fully retracted.
  8. uscvball

    uscvball Veteran Member

    I did read the possible explanations but it was this video and commentary from aviation expert John Nance that convinced me it's not the whole story.


    I think the issue as he says it is the altitude and length of time without oxygen.
  9. uscvball

    uscvball Veteran Member

    It does happen although the survival chances are less than 25% and none under the same circumstances. Hell of a way to try and travel.

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