A nine-year-old boy who ran away from home before sneaking onto an aeroplane and travelling 2,700 kilometres after he looked up how to do it on the Internet has survived.
The young boy, who has been named as Emanuel Marques de Oliveira, was reported as missing by his parents in the city of Manaus, which is the capital of the state of Amazonas, located in north-western Brazil, on the morning of Saturday, 26th February.
The young boy’s mother, who has been named as Daniele Marques, age not reported, said that she had noticed her son’s disappearance in the early hours of Saturday morning. She said: “I woke up at 5:30 am, went to his room, and saw that he was sleeping normally.
“Then I fiddled with my mobile phone a little and got up again, at 7:30 am, and that is when I realised that he was no longer in his bedroom and I started to panic.”
His distraught mother spent the whole day wondering where her child was before finally discovering that he had ended up 2,700 kilometres (1,677 miles) away in the city of Guarulhos, which is located in the coastal state of Sao Paulo, in south-western Brazil, on the other side of the country.
Emanuel reportedly boarded a Latam flight without a ticket and the Manaus airport management are currently investigating how a nine-year-old boy was able to board an aeroplane with no travel documents and no luggage.
The police have also requested security camera images from the airport and have initiated an investigation.
The police stated that the young boy had acted alone and without the help of adults having looked up on the Internet “how to get on a plane unnoticed”.
The police also said that there was no history of violence in the family and that the boy had simply decided to travel to Sao Paulo to visit some of his other family members.