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A map showing the west coast of the United States, including Hawaii. Maui and San Jose, California, are highlighted. CNN image.

A map showing the west coast of the United States, including Hawaii. Maui and San Jose, California, are highlighted. CNN image.

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Teen hitches ride to Hawaii in jet's landing gear -- and lives to tell the tale

The questions are many. But the first has to be, how in the world did a 16-year-old boy survive a five-hour flight in below freezing cold weather at oxygen-depleted heights without dying or falling out of the wheel well of a huge jumbo jet?