California Stowaway Was Reportedly Trying to Return to Mother in Somalia

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui, is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport on April 20. (Photo: Chris Sugidono, AP)
A 16-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui, is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport on April 20. (Photo: Chris Sugidono, AP)

The California teen who survived a five-hour flight in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 was trying to return to his family in Africa but got confused and stowed away in a Hawaii-bound flight, local media reported Wednesday.

The 15-year-old boy fled his family’s one-story home in Santa Clara early Sunday after an argument with his father, a cab driver, Hawaii News Now reported. His mother lives in Somalia, the website said.

The teen has been in the United States for about four years and has attended Santa Clara High for about a month. School Principal Gregory Shelby told the San Francisco Chronicle that the school district “would be ready to have him back” and would provide counseling if needed.

The boy, who authorities previously said was 16 years old, was resting comfortably at a Hawaii hospital, Hawaii Department of Human Services spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld said. Child Welfare Services was arranging his return home.

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SOURCE: John Bacon
USA TODAY

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