Anchorage (US), Jan. 30:
An airplane that a federal official said was evacuating as many as 240 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak departed The chartered the plane landed on Wednesday in the US.
The US government chartered the plane to fly out diplomats from the US Consulate in Wuhan, where the latest coronavirus outbreak started, and other US citizens. The plane is made a refueling stop in Alaska before flying on to Southern California, the US Embassy in China has said.
Airport workers were buzzing around the plane after it landed.
In Anchorage, Alaska, passengers were set to go through customs and Centers for Disease Control screening.
Then they were put back on the plane and sent to their final destination, said Jim Szczesniak, manager of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
The passengers are being isolated in the airport’s international terminal, which lies mostly dormant in the winter months.
Szczesniak stressed the terminal is not connected to the larger and heavily used domestic flights terminal, and each has separate ventilation systems.
The lobby in the international terminal was nearly empty Tuesday afternoon, and an airport employee was seen jogging through though the facility that has closed counters for companies like Korean Air, China Airlines and Asiana Airlines.