New audio reveals pilot at Maui airport spotting teen stowaway


(CNN/FAA) — New pilot and air traffic controller audio was released Tuesday in connection to the teen who hitched a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jet’s landing gear in April.

The 15-year-old told authorities he crawled into the wheel well of the Hawaii-bound Boeing 767 and lost consciousness when the plane took off.

He survived the nearly five-hour flight in subzero temperatures at oxygen-depleted heights as high as 38,000 feet.

Take a listen to the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control:

Pilot: “Um, we have a little gate delay here. A guy is seeming to have stowed away in the landing gear from San Jose to Maui, so we have security in there looking for evidence of the guy being up there for more than, you know, ha, five minutes on the ground. So we’ll let you know when we’re ready to push.”

Controller: “All right, 24, have your roger. You need any assistance with that or you guys got it?”

Pilot: “Nope, plenty of security here, mechanics, it’s all good, we just kind of waiting for clearance to go.”

Controller: “Roger, thanks, well it will be push back at your discretion. (Inaudible) then contact tower for taxi.”

Pilot: “Okey doke, thanks.”

The teen, Yahya Abdi, a Somali immigrant, told investigators he hopped a fence at San Jose International Airport on April 20 and boarded a plane.

He said he was trying to get back to his home country to see his mom.

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