Tuesday, May 6, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police plan to interview a California teen who stowed away on a Hawaii-bound flight two weeks ago, surviving sub-freezing temperatures in the wheel well of a jetliner as it crossed the Pacific Ocean.
San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales says the 15-year-old Somali immigrant flew back to California over the weekend and was being cared for by Santa Clara County Child Protective Services.
Yahya Abdi's father, Abdilahi Yusuf, who drives a taxi in San Jose, flew to Hawaii last week to bring his son home, but child welfare officials there turned the boy over to their California counterparts.
Abdi's mother Ubah Mohammed Abdule lives in a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia and told The Associated Press that she learned of her son's discharge from the hospital through the media.