APNewsBreak: Pi­lot on tape talks of teen stow­away

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

SAN JOSE, Calif. ( AP) — About an hour af­ter a Cal­i­for­nia teen was dis­cov­ered on a Hawaii run­way in April, a non­plussed pi­lot pre­par­ing to de­part tells air traf­fic con­trollers he will be a bit de­layed be­cause “a guy is seem­ing to have stowed away in the land­ing gear from San Jose to Maui.”

The pi­lot was re­fer­ring to 15- year- old Yahya Abdi, a So­mali im­mi­grant who ran away from his Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, home, hopped a fence at Mineta San Jose In­ter­na­tional Air­port and climbed into the wheel well of the clos­est plane. The jet took off a few hours later for a 5 1/ 2- hour flight to Maui on April 20.

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

Video footage from the Maui air­port shows him drop­ping to the tar­mac about an hour af­ter the jet landed.

BED­FORD, Mass. (AP) — The black boxes con­tain­ing the cock­pit voice recorder and flight data recorder are in the hands of federal safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors try­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of a fiery weekend crash out­side Bos­ton that killed Philadel­phia In­quirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six oth­ers on his jet.

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