Author Topic: California teen who stowed-away on plane to Hawaii talks about the harrowing trip: 'I wanted to find my mom'  (Read 167 times)

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The California teen who stowed away in the wheel well of a plane and amazingly survived a flight from San Jose to Hawaii is explaining why he made the dangerous runaway trip.

In April, Yahye Abdi, 15, hopped a fence at San Jose International Airport, dodged security on the tarmac, slipped into a plane heading to Maui and then braved frigid air temperatures on the 5-hour flight. Officials said he was lucky to have survived.

Abdi told his side of the story to San Francisco's KPIX 5 Tuesday.

The teen said he ran away from his Santa Clara home — where he lived with his dad — because he missed his Ethiopian mom.

"I only did it because I didn't want to live with my stepmom," he told the TV station. "I wanted to find my mom. I haven't seen her since I was young."

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