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Stowaway hides in landing gear on flight from Guatemala to Miami, officials say

ABC News
ABC News
 2021-11-29

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A man apparently stowed away in the landing gear compartment on a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Guatemala to Miami Saturday, officials said.

American Airlines flight 1181, which arrived at Miami International Airport shortly after 10 a.m., "was met by law enforcement due to a security issue," the airline said in a statement.

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended the 26-year-old alleged stowaway, who "attempted to evade detection in the landing gear compartment," CBP said in a statement.

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The man, who was not identified, was evaluated by emergency medical services and taken to a local hospital for medical assessment, CBP said.

"Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft," the agency said.

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Wilfredo Lee/AP, FILE - PHOTO: In this April 24, 2019, photo, American Airlines aircraft are shown parked at their gates at Miami International Airport in Miami.

The incident remains under investigation. American Airlines said it is working with law enforcement on the investigation.

The Miami-Dade Police Department assisted with the incident and referred all questions to CBP, which is leading the investigation.

ABC News' Sam Sweeney contributed to this report.

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Royals86
11-28

He will be given asylum, home, clothes, food, and benefits. He should be arrested and deported and in a data base saying he can’t return. Wait……,what was I thinking, back to Biden taking care of him for the rest of his life.

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Tom Van Dyke
11-28

And 70 year olds are frisked and scanned while illegals jump on board for free. Don't you feel so much safer now?? they could have had a bomb.

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jim
11-28

Is Biden also going to give him $450,000 like the other illegals since he was was not seated in first class?

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