Guatemalan man found hiding in landing gear compartment after flight arrives in Florida, agents say

MIAMI — A Guatemalan man was hospitalized after he was found in the landing gear compartment of an aircraft arriving in Florida, officials said.

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Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the 26-year-old man was apprehended after a flight from Guatemala landed Saturday morning at Miami International Airport.

Officials said the man was in the compartment to “evade detection.”

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After he was evaluated by medical staff, the man was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a news release.

Border patrol agents said, “Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft.”

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Officials said this incident remains under investigation.

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