Teen Who Survived Flight In Wheel Well
Back In California: Report
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[May 05, 2014]
(Reuters) - A 15-year-old Somali boy
who survived a nearly six-hour flight stowed in the wheel well of a
Hawaii-bound jet has been returned to California and placed in the
custody of social services, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
The teen was transferred back to Santa Clara, California, without
his father, who has not been allowed to see his son since the teen
stowed away to Hawaii on April 20, the newspaper said on Saturday.
In a statement after his son ran away, father Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi
said the boy had been "struggling adjusting to life" in America.
The Department of Family and Children's Services in Santa Clara
County did not immediately respond on Sunday to Reuters' request for
comment about the teen's custody status.
The teen left protective custody in Hawaii late last week, according
to Hawaii's Department of Human Services, but no further details on
his whereabouts were provided because of his age.
The Mercury News reported that the teen was flown back to California
after a court hearing in Hawaii on Friday.
The boy had been recovering at a Hawaii hospital since he staggered
out of the airplane's wheel well last month, surviving a flight
across the Pacific Ocean in subfreezing temperatures and with little
The boy told investigators he was trying to go to Africa to find his
mother, Ubah Mohamed Abdulle, who is living in a refugee camp in
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In a radio interview last week with the Voice of America, Abdulle
said she was divorced from her husband, who lives in Santa Clara
with their son and two of his siblings.
"They were even told that I was dead, but they recently found out
that I was alive," she told the broadcaster.
The boy's father arrived in Honolulu from California about a week
after the incident but was not able to see or talk to his son, the
Mercury News said.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and
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