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Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

By Justin Pritchard & Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:47 p.m. HST, Apr 22, 2014

 A law enforcement official says surveillance video from San Jose International Airport shows the boy who survived a flight to Hawaii in a plane's wheel well was on the airfield seven hours before the jet departed.

The official who's been briefed on the investigation was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

The official told The Associated Press that the 15-year-old stowaway from Santa Clara, Calif., got on the airfield a little after 1 a.m. Sunday and went undetected for hours in what is supposed to be a secured area of the airport.

The boy popped out of the wheel well after the Boeing 767 landed in Maui and was resting Tuesday at a Honolulu hospital. Child welfare officials are working to return him to Northern California.

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iwanaknow wrote:
if you go to sfgate.com it says the boy wanted to rejoin his birth mother in Africa.
on April 22,2014 | 01:20PM
false wrote:
He probably saw the polynesian handlers loading the plane and thought -- ahh, Africa here I come.
on April 22,2014 | 01:45PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
How funny is it to see lemming writers use 'tarmac' as if it had a specific airport connotation? Tarmac is the old word for blacktop - like the tarmac in your driveway.
on April 22,2014 | 01:56PM
false wrote:
Webster's dictionary defines tarmac as "an airport runway". Comes from the word tarmacadam-a mixture of stones and tar. Anyway, don't worry about it.
on April 22,2014 | 02:14PM
SteveToo wrote:
Dude wanted to go to Africa so he gets on a Hawaiian Airlines plane...Not saying much for the Calf. school system....LOL
on April 22,2014 | 06:20PM
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