The Iowa Republican has learned from an eye witness that five state troopers were seen loading boxes into a small plane at the Ankeny Airport just after 11 a.m. this morning.
The plane’s tail number is N9758H. The FAA registry shows that the plane is Cessna 182R fixed wing single engine plane. The FAA registry shows that the plane is owned by the state of Iowa.
This is a small plane that only seats three to four people. According to the Cessna website, the plane has a range of 1070 miles. The Ankeny airport is located 22 miles south of the USDA labs in Ames, Iowa.
Knowing that the plane only has a short range, it is unlikely that this plane transporting flu samples to the CDC labs in Atlanta. The Iowa Republican’s eye witness said that his pilot told him that the State Troopers would not tell the appropriate people what was going on. The said it was, “Top secret.” The pilot also believed that the state plane was headed to Clinton.
Update: The Department of Public Health just called The Iowa Republican. They confirmed that the plane was transporting anti-viral medication to Clinton and Des Moines Counties. They also said that the State Patrol is being used to make sure the anti-viral drugs are transferred securely and arrive at their intended destinations safely.
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