Video Shows Teenage Stowaway Leaping from Hawaiian Airlines Plane after Surviving 5-Hour Flight in Wheel BayIBTimes UK

Hawaiian authorities have released video footage of a stowaway teenager hopping from a plane in Maui after surviving a 2,300-mile flight hidden in the wheel well.

In the six minutes security recording 15-year-old Yahya Abdi is seen leaping from the Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 as it is parked at a gate at Kahului Airport.

The teenager of Somali origin is seen sitting briefly on the ground then, seemingly disoriented, he slowly walks on the tarmac towards the front of the plane.

He chats for a few minutes with an airport worker driving a cart and finally the two walk away together.

Abdi had just survived a five-and-a-half-hour flight from California, exposed to freezing temperatures and low oxygen at an altitude of 35,000.

In April, he scaled a fence at San Jose International Airport, about 50 miles southeast of San Francisco and, unnoticed, climbed into the undercarriage of the plane.

Shortly after the aircraft took off he passed out and spent most of the flight unconscious. His survival was described as miraculous. Temperatures at cruise altitude reached 80F (-62C).

Jeff Wise, an aviation analyst for CNN said that life expectancy in a plane's wheel well "is measured in minutes".

"Being in a wheel well is like all of a sudden being on top of Mount Everest," he said.

Abdi told Hawaii officials that he had run away from the house he lived in with his father in Santa Clara, California, after an argument.

His plan was reportedly to reach his mother, who is living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

He was initially taken to hospital under protective custody in Hawaii. He returned to California last week and was being cared for by Santa Clara County Child Protective Services in San Jose police spokesman said.