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Teen who survived flight in wheel well back in California: Report

Published on May 5, 2014 6:19 AM
A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in Maui, Hawaii, on April 20, 2014, as seen in this handout photo courtesy of Chris Sugidono,The Maui News. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(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.

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