Has anyone survived in the wheel well of a plane? In April 2014, a 16-year-old boy who ran away from home survived five hours in the wheel well of a plane flying from California to Hawaii.
What percentage of stowaways survive? The person, who authorities have not named, didn’t survive. Most stowaways don’t. Over 77% of the people who have attempted to hitch an illegal ride on an aircraft have died, the Federal Aviation Administration said. At least 126 people have tried it since 1947, the FAA said.
How do you stowaway a wheel well?
Can you survive cling on a plane? US Federal Aviation Authority records suggest that, at best, one in four stowaways survives. Others die or fall in transit; some are crushed when the mechanised landing gear retracts into the wheel well; most survivors suffer severe hypothermia or frostbite, often losing limbs.