The Miracle in the Wheel Well

By Ifeyinwa Nwebube, Talon Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you ran away from home or even became a stowaway on a plane? I’m sure none of you would ever do this but it actually did happen. A teenage boy who lived in the city of Santa Clara, California, stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii. He ran away from home and climbed over the fence at San Jose’s Mineta International Airport on April 20, 2014.

Some would think: Where would he be able to hide in a plane without getting caught? After he climbed the fence of this San Jose airport, he crawled into the left rear wheel well of the Hawaiian Airlines flight 45. This daring teen also told authorities that he was not aware of where the plane was headed when he climbed into the wheel well.

Authorities, such as the FBI, called this dangerous act a “miracle.” This is a miracle because the teenager survived a 5.5 hour flight inside of the wheel well of a Boeing 767 that is not pressurized or heated. They conclude that the teen possibly endured extremely thin air and temperatures as low  as 80 degrees below zero when the plane was able to reach 38,000 feet in the air. The plane’s steady climb to high altitudes may allow a person to drift into unconsciousness as oxygen heat becomes more scarce. As the heat dissipates from the wheel well, a stowaway can develop hypothermia, a condition that preserves the central nervous system, or can die. Fortunately, the teen survived the plane flight in the wheel and was found on the tarmac Maui’s Kahului Airport, but he did not gain consciousness until an hour or more after the flight landed.

Although this is a miracle, this also is somewhat a foolish decision. Foolish decisions are also talked about in Proverbs 3:5-6 which says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lead on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

This incident was not the smartest thing in the world. Make wise decisions so that you don’t have to endure a lot of trouble. When making your own decisions, be wise and look to God’s Word for your final decision and good advice.