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Hawaii releases video of teen dropping from jet

Video Shows Teen Stowaway Jumping From Wheel Well

HONOLULU (AP) -- The security footage looks unassuming at first: a Hawaiian Airlines jet parked at a gate at the Maui airport under overcast skies, and workers going through their regular routine. Then, the 15-year-old's legs dangle briefly from the plane's belly and he drops to the concrete.

Hawaii transportation officials released video Tuesday of a California teen hopping from a jet's wheel well April 20 after stowing away for a 5 1/2-hour flight.

The video largely confirms previous accounts given by FBI and airport officials of Yahya Abdi's seemingly unbelievable story: that he ran away from home, hopped a fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport and climbed into the wheel well of the closest plane.

Abdi survived the flight at 35,000 feet despite low oxygen and freezing temperatures.

The six minutes of security footage that the Hawaii Department of Transportation released show Abdi lowering himself from the Boeing 767 and jumping to the ground.

He sits on the concrete for 13 seconds, then gets up and slowly walks toward the front of the plane. He wobbles slightly as he walks, pausing briefly a few times in the roughly 40 seconds it takes him to get under the passageway connecting the front of the airplane with the terminal.

Abdi walks up to an airport worker driving a cart, and the two talk for about three minutes before walking away together. The boy stays standing the whole time.

Hawaii Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter said the footage was released after the state attorney general's office reviewed media requests.

San Jose, California, police spokesman Albert Morales said the Somali immigrant flew back to California over the weekend and was being cared for by Santa Clara County Child Protective Services.

Morales said in a statement Tuesday that authorities plan to work with the boy's attorney to set up an interview with him in the near future.

After the department concludes its investigation, it will consult with Santa Clara County district attorney's office and city of San Jose representatives to decide whether to file charges against him, Morales said.

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billbickslerwhb May 07 2014 at 11:12 AM

'where there is a 'will' there is a way. we'll call him 'Will'

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BusinessLaws billbickslerwhb May 07 2014 at 6:15 PM

Right. Where there's a will there's a way.

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rudimario May 07 2014 at 12:03 PM

Somebody was looking out for that young fellow. Good lord, crazy kid anyway. Hope it all turns out well for him, seems like a nice enough young man.

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htk1915 May 07 2014 at 12:08 PM

fing =find, sorry typo

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MRFOOT....LABAS! May 07 2014 at 12:09 PM


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Velocity105 May 07 2014 at 12:10 PM

The world is on his side. The little guy risked death to find his mother and there's no more endearing quest then for people to find out that a young man is attempting to do so. Good luck little guy, you will find her in the end.

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emsteksrv May 07 2014 at 12:12 PM

Guess no hypothermia or apoxia. News guys got it wrong again.

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speedo May 07 2014 at 12:12 PM

unbelieveably lucky...normally would give no chance of surviving.. he should buy a lotto ticket sometime soon... :) .. and not repeat the 'hop a plane' thing... :)

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pgibson05 May 07 2014 at 12:14 PM

file charges against him? I think he showed them something they needed to know.

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alfredschrader May 07 2014 at 12:17 PM

Camera system I invented puts tiny cheap cameras all over the plane including the wheel wells and through a window on the fuel tanks.

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KK alfredschrader May 07 2014 at 12:30 PM

I know where you can find a great deal on aluminum foil for your windows!

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henry_bevis alfredschrader May 07 2014 at 12:34 PM

GREAT, I hope that it gets a lot of use.

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mvaldez449 May 07 2014 at 11:57 AM

Pretty simple to me! TSA and the FBI should question him and hire him to keep others from trying the same thing but for destructive purposes.

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