FAA releases audio tapes from Hawaii stowaway incident

Published On: Jun 03 2014 05:48:12 PM HST   Updated On: Jun 03 2014 09:57:59 PM HST

The Federal Aviation Administration released audio recordings of a conversation between a pilot and air traffic controllers after a teen stowaway was discovered on a Hawaiian Airlines flight in April.

Click here to watch Ashley Moser's report.

The recordings were released Tuesday. The following are portions of the conversation between a pilot and the tower. The speakers in the recording were not identified.

"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 and the ... manager searching for evidence of the guy being up there for more than, you know, five minutes on the ground."

"Alright, 24, have you, roger. You need any assistance with that or you guys got it?"

"Nope, plenty of security here, mechanics. It's all good. We (are) just kind of waiting for clearance to go."

"Roger. Thanks, well it will be pushback at your discretion. Then contact tower for taxi."

"Okey dokey, thanks."

The 15-year-old stowaway was spotted getting off the plane at the Kahului Airport on Maui. He told authorities he crawled into the wheel well of the Hawaii-bound Boeing 767 and lost consciousness when the plane took off.

The boy survived the nearly five-hour flight in subzero temperatures at oxygen-depleted heights as high as 38,000 feet.

The recording of the pilot-control tower conversation was made about an hour after the boy was discovered. The pilot on the tape was not the captain who flew the flight from San Jose, but the pilot flying the next flight on that same aircraft.

The teen was hospitalized in Hawaii for two weeks before being flown back to California. He told officials he ran away from his Santa Clara home before he got onto the plane.


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