Stowaway teen is resting at Honolulu hospital

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui, on stretcher at center, is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. Officials say the boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. (AP Photo/The News, Chris Sugidono)
A 16-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui, on stretcher at center, is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. Officials say the boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. (AP Photo/The News, Chris Sugidono)

HONOLULU (AP) — A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane for a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii is resting at a Honolulu hospital.

Hawaii’s Department of Human Services said in a statement Tuesday that child welfare services officials are continuing to work to ensure his safe return home.

The department didn’t indicate when the 15-year-old would be going back to California.

American Medical Response air and ground ambulances flew him from Maui to Oahu and drove him to a Honolulu hospital Sunday evening.

American Medical Response Maui operations manager Curt Morimoto says the child was in very stable condition.

Officials say the boy was knocked out most of the 5 1/2-hour flight and didn’t regain consciousness until an hour after the Hawaiian Airlines plane landed.

blog comments powered by Disqus