Pilot Explains Delay After Santa Clara Stowaway Found Aboard Hawaii Flight
SANTA CLARA (CBS ) — Just hours after a Santa Clara teen stowed away on an airplane to Maui a pilot getting ready to fly that same aircraft told flight control he was delayed while mechanics checked everything out.
Here is what he said:
- “…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.”
Surveillance footage caught 15-year-old Yahya Abdi dropping from the wheel well of the airplane when he landed in Hawaii. He had just miraculously survived a five hour flight.
Once authorities found him, he was hospitalized for two weeks before returning home.