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A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. “Kid’s lucky to be alive,” Simon said. (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)

A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. “Kid’s lucky to be alive,” Simon said. (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)

In this photo taken Sunday, April 27, 2014, Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, right, sits with her son Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, 8, left, and daughter Neshad Yusuf Ahmed, 5, center, outside her hut in the Shedder refugee camp near the town of Jigjiga, in far eastern Ethiopia. The Somali mother’s home is a small shelter with a frame of sticks covered by ragged blankets on the dusty grounds of a refugee camp but it was to her that her 15-year-old son Yahya Abdi wanted to travel to on an impossible journey as a stowaway on a plane from California. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

In this photo taken Sunday, April 27, 2014, Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, right, sits with her son Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, 8, left, and daughter Neshad Yusuf Ahmed, 5, center, outside her hut in the Shedder refugee camp near the town of Jigjiga, in far eastern Ethiopia. The Somali mother’s home is a small shelter with a frame of sticks covered by ragged blankets on the dusty grounds of a refugee camp but it was to her that her 15-year-old son Yahya Abdi wanted to travel to on an impossible journey as a stowaway on a plane from California. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

Graphic shows schematic of Boeing 767 and map of route taken by a teenage stowaway; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;

File- This July 2, 2004, file photo shows a traveler walking from one terminal to another at San Jose Airport in San Jose, Calif. FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid. Security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in a jetliner’s wheel well has arrived on the islands from California, a Hawaii official said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of the Hawaii Department of Human Services that Abdilahi Yusuf has arrived in Honolulu. Rosenfeld said the department’s child welfare unit won’t disclose any information on the release of Yahya Abdi because of privacy concerns and confidentiality.

Rosenfeld had said previously that Abdi 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.

A spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in San Francisco who had been speaking for the family declined comment beyond reiterating a statement earlier this week that Yusuf wanted to see his son soon.

Abdi survived a 5½-hour flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui after hopping an airport fence and climbing into the wheel well of a Boeing 767. He has not spoken publicly about the ordeal that raised questions about airport security and revealed the personal family drama of a Somali immigrant struggling to adjust to life in the United States.

Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., with his father, stepmother and siblings, had been unhappy in California and desperately missed his mother, according to those who know his family.

His mother lives in a stick hut in a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia. Ubah Mohammed Abdule told The Associated Press that the boy longed to see her, but couldn’t because his father told him she was dead and didn’t allow contact.

The boy’s sister Najma Abdi said Monday that their birth mother was lying, and that the father didn’t take the children away from her or mistreat them.

Yusuf said in a statement Sunday that his son was “struggling adjusting to life” in America.

“Our situation was aggravated by our displacement in Africa for many years after fleeing our home country of Somalia because of war conditions. As a result, my son was not able to receive any formal education before we immigrated to the United States,” the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Fati Lejeune Kaba, said an acquaintance at the mother’s camp contacted Abdi and his siblings late last year with news their mother was alive.

“The kids were very disappointed, and ended up in a fight with their father, and asked him to send them back to where their mother lived,” Kaba said. “The father still insisted that their mother had died.”

“At that point, Yahya Abdi didn’t believe that his mother had died, and that’s when

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