Here’s a link to the AP Story: 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight
I’m very skeptical about this one. Authorities claim the kid survived the 5 hour flight from San Jose to Maui at 38,000 feet hiding in the wheel well of a 767.
767 wheel wells have very little room for anything other than wheels. They are unpressurized and unheated. Useful consciousness at this cruise altitude is about 20 seconds.
Long-term exposure to altitudes above 26,000 are generally considered lethal unless a person is a trained athlete or seasoned mountain climber.
Temperatures inside the wheel well are are likely to be around -40c during cruise. At the very least, this kid should show signs of hypothermia. They claim he regained consciousness and walked away.
I think there is more to this story. Can the human body withstand this type of exposure and simply walk away? Anyone out there a physiology expert?
I’d love to read your opinion. Feel free to comment!