An American Airlines flight from Guatemala arrived in Miami with a stowaway on Saturday.

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Customs and Border Protection agents along with Miami Dade Police say the man was okay but hospitalized just in case after the plane he was on landed following a nearly three hour flight Saturday morning.

The 26-year old survived the trip while hiding in the plane’s landing gear compartment.


According to the New York Times, once the plane landed, it “was met by law enforcement due to a security issue.”

A spokesman for the airline, Mr. Garduño said in a statement.

The airline was working with law enforcement agencies, he said, declining further comment.

“Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft,” The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said in a statement.

“This incident remains under investigation.”

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that as of Feb. 1, 129 people had attempted to stow away “in the wheel wells or other areas of commercial aircraft” throughout the world since 1947. Of those, 100 “died of injuries or exposure during the flight,” the agency said.

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