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Stowaway teen is resting at Honolulu hospital

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:36 p.m. CST
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(AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)
A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said.

HONOLULU (AP) — A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane for a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii is resting at a Honolulu hospital.

Hawaii's Department of Human Services said in a statement Tuesday that child welfare services officials are continuing to work to ensure his safe return home.

The department didn't indicate when the 15-year-old would be going back to California.

American Medical Response air and ground ambulances flew him from Maui to Oahu and drove him to a Honolulu hospital Sunday evening.

American Medical Response Maui operations manager Curt Morimoto says the child was in very stable condition.

Officials say the boy was knocked out most of the 5 1/2-hour flight and didn't regain consciousness until an hour after the Hawaiian Airlines plane landed.

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