Yahye Abdi Describes Being a Stowaway Who Just Wanted to See His Mom

15 year old survived a grueling 5 hour flight with temperatures dropping to 50 below zero and very little oxygen.
1:38 | 06/18/14

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Transcript for Yahye Abdi Describes Being a Stowaway Who Just Wanted to See His Mom
The first time we're hearing from that teenage -- just how did he survive that flight at 38000 feet. Here's ABC's do you believe this. The last time we saw fifteen year old -- he -- he was jumping out of the wheel well of the Hawaiian Airlines jet. Watch again he stowed away from California to Hawaii. Now for the first time he's telling his story -- an interview with CBS station KP IX the teenager describing that harrowing trip. Looking down at the -- from the sky. An -- but how about the crowd. Here. -- -- -- Covering his -- as the plane took off crouched in that tiny space. Our own Ryan Owens showing us just how small while it's certainly possible -- climb this gear once you get to the top. There's really no place for a human to -- it's not like the airlines make a lot of extra room. For these -- it's tight in there it was a grueling five and a half hour flight temperatures dropping to at least fifty degrees below zero. At 38000 feet hardly any oxygen the human body apparently -- the ability to shut down. And cold temperature is essentially in those conditions. His body went into hibernation. There's no other reasonable explanation that kind of a form of hibernation -- he tells KP IX he -- kept going but he was dehydrated and needed water. He says he planned to stow away for awhile hoping to hop on a plane heading west so he could visit his mother in Africa. Now he -- that adventure. Could've killed him. GOP need to has ABC news New York to you think.

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