(AP) A special plane transporting the second American infected with Ebola has arrived in the United States.
The plane carrying Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol landed at Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine just after 8 a.m.
Maine is the closest airport to Africa and is often a stopping point for international flights.
The plane refuel and received a federal inspection before taking off for Atlanta around 8:45 a.m., where Writebol will be treated. For safety reasons, airport employees did not get on the plane while it was on the ground in Bangor.
An Associated Press reporter in Liberia saw the four-vehicle convoy that arrived at Monrovia’s airport early Tuesday. The chartered plane took off at 1:12 a.m. local time.
Nancy Writebol, a missionary from Charlotte, will be treated at a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, the same Atlanta hospital where an American doctor with Ebola — Kent Brantly — already has been taken.
Writebol’s son, Jeremy, said his mother “is still struggling” but that “there seems to be improvement.”
The two Americans infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans.
Ebola has killed at least 887 people in four West African countries.