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Published: Saturday, 5/3/2014 - Updated: 3 months ago

State official: California teen who stowed away in jetliner's wheel well has left Hawaii

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONOLULU — An official says the 15-year-old boy who survived a 5½-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet’s wheel well has left the state.

Hawaii Department of Human Services spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld said late Friday night that the youth is “no longer in Hawaii.”

Her brief emailed statement did not specify how or when Yahya Abdi left, who he traveled with or where he went.

The boy’s father, Abdilahi Yusuf, arrived in Hawaii this week from the family’s home in Santa Clara, California, to bring him back.

Rosenfeld had said previously that the teen was in a Honolulu hospital after being transferred to state custody from the Maui airport, where he was questioned by FBI and airport officials following the April 20 flight.

Yahya Abdi withstood the flight inside the Boeing 767’s wheel well at 35,000 feet despite freezing cold and a lack of oxygen.



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