Teen Stowaway’s Cousin: ‘He Wanted His Mother’

The boy’s family tells ABC News that he missed his natural mother, who lives in Somalia.
1:51 | 04/24/14

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latest, now, on the teen who stowed away in the wheel well of a jumbo jet and survived. This time, we're hearing from the boy's father. And Jim Avila has the story. Reporter: The latest relative to offer some perspective in the motive behind the incredible stowaway trip, that puzzles the aviation world, is a cousin that lives in San Jose. Telling ABC news, exclusively, the 15-year-old boy did miss his natural mother, who lives far away in the troubled african country of Somalia. He needed his mother. But he never expressed outside world that he wanted to jump in over the fence and go to international airport and go to the plane. No. Reporter: This, after the boy's father, a bay area cab driver, told "The voice of America," in his native tongue, that he was shocked when his son showed up in Hawaii, traveling 5 hours at nearly 40,000 feet, in this. What the maui airport manager tells us is the actual wheel well of that hawaiian airways 767. I wondered how my son went there. I heard that he survived. God saved him. I was extremely happy. The dad identified his son. He was very quiet person. He was busy, watching TV. And using computer. He had a tough time with his schoolwork, his math class, science. Despite FBI reports, the dad revealed nothing about a fight the night of the stowaway, saying the boy prayed with the family Saturday afternoon. Authorities saying the boy jumped the fence at San Jose's airport later that night. The boy may have wanted his mother. But there's little evidence he jumped in the wheel well to get to Africa. He told airport officials in Hawaii, he went to the first plane he could find. For "Good morning America," Jim Avila, ABC news, Washington.

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