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June 27, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Federal and New Jersey authorities are methodically searching a cargo ship in a Newark harbor after a routine inspection of the vessel yielded a surprising outcome: When inspectors tapped on one container, they heard tapping back. "No voices. ... They tapped and they could hear tapping back," said Fannie Wilkes, lieutenant junior grade of the  U.S. Coast Guard's New York Command Center.  Wilkes told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday morning that the ship, whose last port of call was Egypt, was then taken into Port Newark Container Terminal, which was its destination anyway.
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April 26, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
The mother of a 15-year-old California teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of Hawaii-bound airliner told Voice of America radio that her son had recently learned that she was alive after being told by his father she had died. Speaking from a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia, Ubah Mohamed Adbdullahi told VOA that she believed her son risked his life trying to reach her, according to the Associated Press. "I know he was looking for me, and I am requesting the U.S. government to help me reunite with my kids," she told the international radio station.
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April 4, 2001
The 23 Chinese stowaways found at the Port of Long Beach on Monday hiding in rail car-size containers were in "generally pretty good condition," a U.S. immigration spokeswoman said Tuesday. Two were treated for injuries--including rope burn and a broken ankle--sustained shortly before the group was discovered, said Sharon Gavin of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. They were transported to the INS' Terminal Island processing center, she said.
OPINION
April 26, 2014
Re “Stowaway baffles experts,” April 22 Since the 9/11 attacks, billions of dollars have been spent “improving” airport security to guard against vicious lions, tigers and bears, and yet in San Jose a teenage mouse was able to breach that defense, climb into a passenger jet's wheel well and fly to Hawaii. But where a mouse goes, a venomous snake or a poisonous scorpion can surely follow. Arthur Velis Santa Monica I feel so much safer now that there are dozens of toothpaste tubes in bins at airport checkpoints even though a kid was able to hide in a wheel well of an airplane and fly to Hawaii.
NEWS
August 25, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty-two stowaways from the Dominican Republic and Cuba were found on board a Panamanian freighter that was delivering cargo to Detroit, federal officials said. The stowaways were all men, ranging in age from 16 to their late 20s, said Carol Jenifer, district director of the Detroit office of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Jenifer said the 593-foot NST Challenge left Panama on Aug. 8, stopping in the Dominican Republic, where the stowaways got on board.
WORLD
January 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Canadian wildlife officials are looking for a brave driver prepared for a 2,200-mile trip to return a stowaway skunk to her home in California. The skunk, accidentally locked in a transport truck, survived a seven-day journey without food or water, but is having a hard time finding a ride home. "We can never give a no-spray guarantee, of course," said Nathalie Karvonen, executive director at the Toronto Wildlife Center.
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August 4, 2000
A young man apparently survived hours of subzero temperatures and high-altitude atmosphere Thursday when he stowed away in the wheel well of an Air France flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles, officials said. The young man, who was not identified, was removed from the wheel well by maintenance personnel and hospitalized for hypothermia at UCLA Medical Center after the jumbo jet rolled up to the International Terminal at Los Angeles International airport about 8 p.m.
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July 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Eight Ecuadoreans hid aboard a banana boat for as long as 10 days before they were discovered in Port Hueneme at the end of a voyage from South America, authorities said. Three men were treated for dehydration and three others for frostbite after they were apprehended Monday, said Mike Fleming, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The men carried no identification, and their names were not immediately available.
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September 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man hiding inside the landing gear of an Iberia Airlines jet survived a flight from Honduras to Miami, officials said. Emilio Dominguez, 23, was found by mechanics checking the aircraft, who turned him over to authorities. Dominguez, who appeared to be in good condition, according to an Iberia spokeswoman, was airborne inside the DC-9 for more than two hours. It's a feat few live to tell about.
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June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Five of six Latino stowaways found aboard a ship headed to the Port of Oakland may be going to Japan if a local agent cannot get them travel documents to fly to their countries of origin, authorities said Friday. The five men are in the custody of the ship's captain. A sixth is in the custody of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
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April 23, 2014 | By Brian Bennett, Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Security experts say it's important to thoroughly trace what transpired over the approximately six-hour period that a 15-year-old apparently went undetected at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport  before stowing away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jetliner traveling to Maui. According to a federal law enforcement source who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the case, a security camera at the airport recorded video of a person coming over a perimeter fence at the airport just after 1 a.m. Sunday.
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April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel-well of a Hawaii-bound plane "thanked God" his son survived the ordeal, saying the boy may have been trying to return to Africa, according to the Voice of America . “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, of Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali...
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April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
Images of footprints and handprints inside the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 jetliner appear to bolster the fantastic story of a Santa Clara teenager who reportedly survived a frigid, perilous journey cooped up inside as a stowaway. The images, including of a footprint on the tire below the wheel well, were taken by Hawaii News Now,  and appear to support the boy's story of surviving the 5-1/2 hour flight from San Jose while enduring sub-zero temperatures and deathly thin air. Authorities said it was a miracle the 15-year-old boy survived in the wheel well, as oxygen was limited at the jet's cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, and the temperature could have dropped to 50 degrees below zero or lower.
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April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Brian Bennett and Joseph Serna
The teen stowaway who survived a flight from San Jose to Hawaii in a wheel well of a jet is recovering and could be reunited with his family soon. The boy spent Tuesday "resting comfortably" in a Hawaii hospital, said Kayla Rosenfeld of the state's Department of Human Services. Officials with child welfare services, which now has custody of the teen, are making arrangements to send him home, she said. Santa Clara Unified School District spokeswoman Jennifer Dericco confirmed the teenager was a high school student in the district, but declined to say where, citing privacy concerns.
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April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Authorities are investigating if any more security video exists showing a teenager who bypassed security at a San Jose airport and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner. In a statement Monday, airport officials said they have video of the 15-year-old walking on the airport tarmac toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 on Sunday, but it remains unclear how the teen got onto the tarmac. The   FBI   originally said video showed him scaling a fence. But late Monday, airport officials only mentioned a video that showed him walking on the tarmac.
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April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Aviation experts and authorities say they are baffled at how a teen stowaway survived a 5-1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jetliner wheel well and appeared to emerge unscathed. Stowing away in a plane wheel well does not usually end well, experts say. Those who do so may fall to their deaths, be crushed by the landing gear or succumb to cold and lack of oxygen. Federal Aviation Administration records show that of the 105 people known to have stowed away on flights around the world over the last 67 years, only 25 lived through the ordeal, a survival rate of 23.8%.
NEWS
September 8, 2000 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal officials found no signs of stowaways Thursday on a cargo ship diverted to an Alaskan port after its captain became alarmed that one or more people might be trapped inside a sealed shipping container. The incident aboard the MV Manoa, on its way to San Pedro from China and other Asian ports, began Sunday when crew members said they heard a pounding noise coming from inside a cargo container deep inside the ship's hold.
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August 8, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Immigration officials on Monday took custody of the man who doctors say made an amazing recovery from the traumas of stowing away in the unpressurized and unheated wheel well of a jumbo jet during its flight last week from French Polynesia to Los Angeles. After his four-day recovery from severe hypothermia and frostbite, the man was able to walk out of the UCLA Medical Center about 2 p.m.
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April 21, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The story of the 16-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., teenager who hopped a fence and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jet is terrifying and astonishing. That he survived such a journey is the stuff of miracles. As my colleague Kurt Streeter wrote , the FAA has reported that stories like these are plausible: Heat from hydraulic lines in the wheel well along with retained heat in the tires can help keep stowaways warm, the FAA reported. In addition, a plane's steady climb to high altitudes can allow passengers to drift into an unconscious state as oxygen becomes scarce.
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April 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped San Jose Mineta International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara made his way on to a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767, then disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until late Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him, 2,350 miles to the west, wandering on another tarmac, this one at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous 5 1/2-hour odyssey - weathering frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a flight compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. The transoceanic misadventure left authorities questioning both how the stowaway so easily gained access to the jumbo jet and how he survived with so little apparent trauma.
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