CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — A flight carrying 53 Haitian orphans has landed at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Workers disembarked the plane, some of them carrying children in their arms, and boarded waiting buses. Other children walked off the plane, waving at onlookers.
The orphans will be taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for medical care and be placed in group homes until their adoptions are finalized.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and other officials escorted the orphans from Haiti, where they and their American caretakers spent days in dire need of food and water after last week’s massive earthquake.
The families of two Pittsburgh sisters working at the orphanage used Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about their plight, prompting Monday’s evacuation.