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New video shows teen stowaway jumping out of jet wheel well

Wheel-well stowaway reportedly was trying to reach his mother after learning she was alive
Authorities called the wheel-well stowaway's survival a miracle

Newly released surveillance video shows a teen stowaway exiting a jetliner's wheel well at a Maui airport after surviving a 5 1/2 hour trip from San Jose to Maui.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation released the surveillance video from Kahului Airport, showing Abdi, 15, exiting the jetliner's wheel well April 20. 

The youth can be seen walking along the tarmac, where officials said they found him wandering.

Police on Tuesday said they planned to talk to the youth, who returned to California over the weekend and was under the care of Santa Clara County Child Protective Services, according to the Associated Press.

He told FBI and airport officials he'd sneaked into the San Jose airport and entered the rear left wheel well of the Hawaii Airlines jetliner for the trip.

He was apparently trying to reunite with his mother after learning that she was alive. His father reportedly told him she had died.

His mother, Ubah Mohamed Adbdullahi, spoke to the Voice of America radio from a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia, saying she believed her son had risked his life trying to reach her, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities called the teen's trip and survival a “miracle.”

The wheel well of the Boeing 767 is not pressurized or heated, which subjected him to extremely thin air and temperatures as low as 80 degrees below zero when it cruised at 38,000 feet.

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