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A plane which Fox News and the New York Post say secretly carries underage migrants to parts of the United States has landed at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, but evidence shows the stop was not transporting migrants here, but rather bringing Missouri home. The state football team following its October 9 loss to the Youngstown State University Penguins.
A segment aired Tuesday on Fox News said the flight plan for a World Atlantic Airlines charter plane had apparently taken off from McAllen, Texas, at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, and landed throughout the day in various cities, including Villahermosa. , Mexico; El Paso, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; and Westchester, NY The New York Post also reported seeing migrants disembark overnight at Westchester, NY airport.
The Fox News show then reported that the same plane had also flown “over the past month” to Abilene, Kansas; Youngstown; Springfield, Missouri; and Lexington, Kentucky.
Regarding these charter flights, Fox News presenter Eric Shawn said, “We don’t know about these missions.”
The plane, which had registration number N806WA, according to a photo published by the New York Post, landed at the local Vienna airport at 4:55 pm Oct. 9 from Lexington, Ky. It departed at 7:51 pm. in Springfield, Missouri, where it landed at 9:32 p.m., according to FlightAware.com, a website that tracks the flights.
Springfield, Missouri, is home to Missouri State University. The Missouri State University Bears lost 41-33 to the Penguins on Oct. 9, returning from YSU, before leaving the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport on a chartered flight.
Mike Hillman, owner / president of JETS, a fixed-base operator (FBO), said he and his fixed-base operator (FBO), said he and his crew were working on the plane.
“I got on the soccer team myself so I’m 100% sure… and if you look at the flight history he’s been to Mexico before this trip and to Mexico after this trip. , so I see why people might think migrants were involved, but as far as what was done in Youngstown, it was just the opponents of YSU, ”Hillman said.
Hillman said the plane was empty except for the crew when it landed in Vienna.
An FBO provides aviation support, such as refueling, ground handling, and other services.
John Moliterno, CEO of the Western Reserve Port Authority, which oversees the airport, said there are no reports from airport staff and the Federal Aviation Administration that a plane carrying migrants has landed here .
“We don’t know anything about what came in,” he said. “I know it’s rumor and stuff like that, but as far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing that has stolen from Youngstown.”
Senior Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr., superintendent of the 910th Airlift Wing’s public affairs office at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, which is adjacent to the airport and shares its runway, also said no such aircraft had landed on the side of the air station.
Dan Tierney, spokesperson for Governor Mike DeWine, said various members of the administration were investigating the rumors. “We are not aware of anything like that,” he said.
Tierney said Annette M. Chambers-Smith, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, spoke to officials at CoreCivic, which operates the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, a private prison. in Youngstown, and that they knew nothing about the rumors. that migrants could be accommodated there.
Additionally, the Ohio Department of Employment and Family Services, which has some oversight over relocating migrants, had no record of underage migrants from Mexico coming to Youngstown, Tierney said. .
The ODJFS has helped relocate those who fled Afghanistan to Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Akron, Tierney said.
DeWine’s office also spoke to the Ohio Department of Public Safety and could not substantiate any claims.
“Regarding a children’s plane, we could not confirm it,” he said. “It’s a crazy rumor.”
In a Wednesday email, the campaign of former U.S. Representative Jim Renacci, who challenges DeWine in next year’s Republican governor’s primary, said: Using a charter plane to fly illegals from the southern border in the middle of the night, Joe Biden’s policy of relocating them to communities may have taken the plane straight to Youngstown earlier this month.
Renacci criticized DeWine for not letting “Ohioans know these flights were taking place in the state and why he let it happen,” even though his statement only speculates that a plane with migrants might be came to Youngstown.
The New York Post report on the relocation of migrants to New York makes no mention of Youngstown. The Fox News report claims the same plane made stops in other cities, including Youngstown.
In the last paragraph of the Post article, Jorge Silva, spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services, said: “In recent weeks unaccompanied children have passed through Westchester Airport (New York) on their way to their final destination to be unified with their parents or approved sponsor.
There were also rumors that Youngstown officials were helping migrants with housing in the city.
General Counsel Jeff Limbian said: “I have just been told the same rumor. We have no supporting information at this time. “
He added that the city has nothing to do with the supposed accommodation of migrants.
Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said: “I have no idea. I did not hear anything. No one asked me to do anything. Someone is making it up.
When told who was actually on the plane, Brown shook his head and said, “They’ll blame me for this too.”