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The video, attributed to the social media page Only in Dade on Instagram, showed the stowaway appearing dazed but otherwise unharmed, sitting on the tarmac beside the plane - dressed in blue jeans, a T-shirt, jacket and boots - as ground crew personnel tended to him and asked if he wanted some water.
'Poor man. He just got here. Let him sit. Water! Bring water for him,' the person recording can be heard saying in the video. 'Are you okay? How do you feel?' they then ask the stowaway.
The man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital but is reportedly unharmed. Footage showed apparent frostbite on his fingers. He is now in CBP custody and will likely face an expedited removal order.
The average commercial flight cruises at an altitude between 30,000 and 42,000 feet, reaching a temperature of -54 F and extremely low oxygen levels of around 6.3percent, similar to being inside a hipoxyco chamber.
An unidentified Guatemalan man, 26, was hiding on an American Airlines flight on Saturday that arrived in Miami at 10am
He was hiding in the landing gear compartment to avoid being detected on the two-and-half-hour flight from his home country. The FDA reports he is one of 129 who have hidden in the wheel wells since 1947
According to the FAA, 129 people have attempted to stow away in the wheel wells or other areas of commercial aircraft worldwide since 1947. Of those, the agency said, 100 have died of injuries or exposure, a fatality rate of 71percent.
'I imagine that all that part where the landing gear goes does not have the same pressurization as the area where the passengers go. On airplanes, for example, the luggage area has certain conditions; however, they must also have a part of the compartments where they carry pets. The air is more tolerable there,' Luis Chinchilla, a strategic security consultant, told the Guatemalan outlet LaHora.gt.
Despite the lack of pressurization and personal 02 equipment, hot hydraulic lines in the wheel and initially hot tires could have provided the significant heat that helped the man survive, according to a report by the Federal Aviation Administration.
It is unclear how the man also managed to avoid being crushed by the wheels once they retracted upon take off.
'US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport apprehended a 26-year-old man who attempted to evade detection in the landing gear compartment of an aircraft arriving from Guatemala Saturday morning,' the CBP said in a statement.
Hot hydraulic lines in the wheel and initially hot tires could have provided the significant heat that helped the man survive inside a landing gear compartment like the one pictured. He also managed to avoid being crushed by the wheels once they retracted upon take off