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Stowaway survives in landing gear of flight from Guatemala to Miami

Authorities discovered an apparent stowaway on Saturday in the landing gear of a flight from Guatemala at the Miami International Airport, local and federal officials said.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the airport apprehended a 26-year-old man who “attempted to evade detection in the landing gear compartment of an aircraft,” a CBP statement said.

The flight was American Airlines 1182 from Guatemala City, said Greg Chin, Communications Director for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.




American Airlines said in a statement the flight was met by law enforcement “due to a security issue,” after landing at 10:06am.

The airline said it was working with authorities on the investigation.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said they transported the man to a local hospital for medical assessment.