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Hiding spot freezing, lacks oxygen, expert says

By Dave Segal

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2014

~~<p>The former lead mechanic for US Airways said the 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight Sunday had a tight fit in the belly of the Boeing 767 and should consider himself &quot;very, very lucky&quot; to be alive.</p>
<p>&quot;I was shocked,&quot; said David Supplee, who oversaw maintenance for Boeing 767s and other aircraft for US Airways for 21 years. &quot;Generally, when we read about this type of stuff, the body falls out when the aircraft is on approach. They get up there and may lean against a tire, but when the plane gets high enough, they generally black out from high altitude and the cold, and generally they die. And when the landing gear is extended, they generally fall out of the wheel well.&quot;</p>
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The former lead mechanic for US Airways said the 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight Sunday had a tight fit in the belly of the Boeing 767 and should consider himself "very, very lucky" to be alive.

"I was shocked," said David Supplee, who oversaw maintenance for Boeing 767s and other aircraft for US Airways for 21 years. "Generally, when we read about this type of stuff, the body falls out when the aircraft is on approach. They get up there and may lean against a tire, but when the plane gets high enough, they generally black out from high altitude and the cold, and generally they die. And when the landing gear is extended, they generally fall out of the wheel well." Login for more...



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