MAQUOKETA — Iowa high school students, teachers and parents who were stranded after an airport fire in east Africa are scheduled to return home today.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's office said most of the group of 26 from Maquoketa High School in eastern Iowa had been secured on a flight that left Nairobi on Saturday night. Two chaperones may have to take a flight that leaves this morning.
Staffers in the Democrat's office said they worked with Delta Air Lines to secure the flights.
The group, which was on a weeklong mission trip, had been scheduled to leave Africa on Wednesday. But a fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport halted international flights. The volunteer organization in Africa that worked with the group made accommodations for them to stay an extra few days.
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