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Two Mongolian Boys, One Dead, Found on U.S. Air Force Flight

August 3, 1996 GMT

OKINAWA CITY, Japan (AP) _ One boy was dead and another was in critical condition today after they apparently made a five-hour flight from Mongolia in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane.

The unidentified boys, who were about 9 and 12, were found in the C-141 B aircraft after it landed Friday night at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, the Air Force said in a statement.

The plane had returned from Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s capital, after delivering 24 tons of blankets and clothing.

It was unclear why the boys entered the wheel well. The incident was under investigation, Air Force spokesman Maj. Ed Memi said.

The boys were discovered during a routine post-flight inspection, Memi said. They were taken to a U.S. Naval Hospital, where the boy believed to be about 12 was pronounced dead.

The other boy was suffering from frostbite, hypothermia and hypoxia _ a lack of oxygen throughout the body _ the Air Force said, quoting hospital officials.