A stowaway survived a near three-hour flight in the aircraft’s landing gear compartment on Nov. 27.
The Guatemalan native miraculously made it to Miami, Florida where he was transported to hospital.
Emergency responders found the 26 year-old in shock and suffering from hypothermia at Miami International Airport. American Airline employees comforted the man and offered water until help arrived.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is investigating the incident and released a video of the suspected illegal immigrant. The footage shows him dressed in jeans, jacket and boots during the landing procedure. It also displays the tiny mechanical compartment where he allegedly hid.
“Poor man, he just came in, let him sit down,” the cameraman said according to the Miami Herald. “Water, bring him water. Are you okay, how are you feeling?”
“Yes, he survived, he survived,” another worker can be heard saying.
The man most likely experienced oxygen deprivation, low temperatures and low air pressure due to the plane’s high altitude.
An average cruising altitude for commercial flights is between 30,000 and 40,000 feet. Temperatures range from 40 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
“The individual was evaluated by Emergency Medical Services and taken to a hospital for a full evaluation,” CBP said according to the paper. “People take extreme risks when trying to hide in confined spaces such as an airplane.”
The Federal Aviation Administration recorded 129 stowaways hiding in landing-gear receptacles, or other commercial aircraft areas, since 1947. From those 100 died from injury or exposure.