Teenager Fell From 737 Wheel Well


Boston authorities said Friday that at a teenager whose body was found in a Boston suburb last month appeared to have stowed away inside the wheel well of a 737 arriving from Charlotte, N.C. The remains of Delvonte Tisdale, 16, were found in Milton, Mass., below the approach path to Boston’s Logan Airport, according to a report in The New York Times. Tisdale was believed to have gotten on the flight in Charlotte, although authorities — including the TSA — had no idea how he breached airside security to get to the aircraft.

Norfolk County Massachusetts district attorney William R. Keating told the Times that authorities searched two airplanes that left Charlotte for Boston on Nov. 15 and found handprints in the left wheel well of the a 737 that departed Charlotte on 7 p.m. on that day. “As they looked at the grease, they saw what I describe as lateral impressions that showed there was someone in there. There was a handprint in an area where it ordinarily wouldn’t be,” Keating said. “I don’t pretend to tell you how he did it,” he added. Boston area police originally thought Tisdale had been murdered. He was last seen in Charlotte around 1 a.m. on Nov. 15 and found less than 24 hours later in Milton. A resident in the area reported hearing a loud thump just prior to the aircraft’s landing at Logan.