New surveillance video obtained by Hawaii News Now
shows the California stowaway surfacing from the wheel well of a Hawaiian
Airlines jet back on April 20th.
One hour after the 767 landed in Kahului from San
Jose, security footage shows the 15-year-old stowaway surface out of thin air
from the wheel well.
He's visibly wobbling as he tries to walk.
We showed the video to aviation analyst Peter
"For me, this is the missing ingredient," said Forman.
"This makes the story believable is watching him walk after getting out of
that wheel well. You can see from his walking, he's clearly staggering."
What's more staggering is that Yahya Abdi could
survive the five-hour flight, in freezing temperatures, deprived of oxygen.
In the days after his unlikely story broke, pictures
of the boy's handprint on the tire and marks where he climbed up didn't satisfy
Forman said with a smirk, "This young man
apparently has proven them wrong. Clearly he comes out of that area. There's no
way he could have come out of the cargo department."
The video confirms earlier reports from Maui Airport
On April 21, Maui Airport District Manager Marvin
Moniz explained the teen's state this way, "He was weak. He hung from the
wheel well and then he fell to the ground and regained some strength and stood
up and started walking."
The six-minute video also shows an airport worker
find the teen on the tarmac and talk with him for a good four minutes. He had
trouble hearing at first.
Moniz said, "He indicated there was some
problems at home with his family."
Abdi said he ran away, hopped the fence at San Jose,
and hid in the wheel well, to find his Mom in a refugee camp. He said his dad
had lied, saying she was dead.
This video proves that the teen did not lie about
how he ended up in Hawaii, and could prompt changes to security and pre-flight
Forman told us, "Airport security is going to
have to beefed up. If this young man can make it onto an airport and get onto
an airplane, that's a red flag."
San Jose Authorities want to question the boy.
He returned home with California Child Protective
Services over the weekend, after spending two weeks in the hospital in Hawaii.
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