Teen stowaway 'traveled to Hawaii on plane wheel well'

The teen reportedly stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight. Credit: AP

A runaway teen reportedly stowed away in the wheel well of a plane as it flew from California to Hawaii, surviving a journey halfway across the Pacific Ocean at 38,000 feet.

The Associated Press reports that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara, California was questioned after arriving on the tarmac at Kahului Airport - the flight's destination - without any identification.

Security footage showed the teen had jumped over a fence to board Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning, an FBI official told the news agency.

The FBI said the boy - who is believed to have run away from his family - will not be charged and has been referred to protective services.

Hawaiian Airlines said: "Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived."