January 24, 2022

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Stowaway emerges from wheel well of plane in Miami after flight – New York Post

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A stowaway hid inside the wheel well of an American Airlines flight from Guatemala for nearly 3 hours before arriving at Miami International Airport on Saturday, according to officials.

The 26-year-old was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol before he was transported to a local hospital for treatment, officials told the Miami Herald. The incident remains under investigation.

Video obtained by social media account Only in Dade shows airport employees help the disheveled passenger sit down and offer him some water. The video shows the tiny mechanical compartment where the man had hid himself.

“Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft,” CBP said in a statement.

The man was airborne for roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes on American Airlines international flight 1182 from Guatemala City to Miami, hidden in a landing gear compartment of the plane, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Communications Director Greg Chin told The Herald.

The 26-year-old man was airborne for nearly three hours.
The 26-year-old man was airborne for nearly three hours.
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The man, who arrived from Guatemala, was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
The man, who arrived from Guatemala, was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
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The flight landed at just after 10 a.m. on Saturday.

“We are working with law enforcement in their investigation,” American Airlines said in a statement. Miami-Dade Police also said they would be assisting CBP in its investigation, the paper reported.

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