Stowaway's father says son missed Africa

Stowaway's father says son missed Africa

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P3 Orion sits on the tarmac at RAAF Base Pearce before searching for wreckage and debris of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on April 1, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Bad weather and poor visibility caused the search to be called off early with the coast guard plane only completing one of its three 210 nautical mile legs. (Photo by Rob Griffith - Pool via Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 12:02 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a teenager who survived a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well has told Voice of America his son missed Africa, where he used to live, and was struggling in school.

Voice of America reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1igj8F8) that Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi of Santa Clara, Calif., said his 15-year-old son was always talking about going back to Africa, where his grandparents live.

A school official says the boy came to the U.S. four years ago.

Law enforcement officials say the boy climbed into the wheel well before the plane took off for Maui on Sunday morning. Officials say video shows the boy jumping out of the plane after landing.

Abdi told VOA that Honolulu police notified him Sunday of his son's journey. The teen remains hospitalized in Honolulu.

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