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Teen stowaway on death-defying jaunt wanted to visit mom in Somalia

Published on Apr 23, 2014 1:35 PM
The teenage stowaway being being stretchered to an ambulance after death defying flight in the wheel well of a jet. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld, spokeswoman of the state's Department of Human Services, said in a statement.

The boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials were working to ensure his safe return home, she said.

He told investigators he was trying to travel to Somalia to see his mother, a law enforcement official told CNN. A local CBS-affiliate reported the boy was living with his father in Santa Clara, but his mother lives in Somalia.

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