Airport security footage shows teen stowaway leaving plane in Hawaii
Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:19PM EDT
The 15-year-old stowaway who miraculously survived a five-and-a-half hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet’s wheel well is seen dropping to the tarmac in an airport security video released Tuesday night.
The six-minute clip shows Yahya Abdi, a Somali immigrant, getting out of the Hawaiian Airlines jet’s wheel well and hobbling around the plane before encountering an airport worker.
Abdi’s father, Abdilahi Yusuf, arrived in Hawaii last week to bring his son back to California.
According to those who know the family, Abdi had been in California and was desperate to be reunited with his mother, who lives in a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia.
Abdi survived the flight despite flying at 38,000 feet in sub-zero temperatures.