A plane carrying Americans home from the Diamond Princess has landed in California

Posted at 12:13 AM, Feb 17, 2020

An airplane believed to be the first of two chartered by the US government to evacuate Americans from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has landed at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, California.

According to flight tracking websites Flightradar24 and FlightAware, the Kalitta Air charter with tail number N710CK landed at approximately 2:28 a.m. Eastern Time.

The 9.5-hour flight, from Haneda Airport in Tokyo, began shortly after 7 a.m. Japan Standard Time.