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The Iowa Standard has been working to get to the bottom of reports that a flight from Long Beach to Des Moines on April 22 carried almost 100 unaccompanied migrant children. Long Beach local government officials were not aware of such a flight and Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office has said it cannot confirm the report.

However, The Iowa Standard can confirm tonight that the World Atlantic flight was a government ICE charter flight.

In addition, The Iowa Standard can confirm vehicle gate access was a required service for the flight.

The flight had 5-7 armed federal agents on board as well.

This story is fluid and developing. We are working on getting additional details.

Here are the stories we’ve already written about this incident:

IS IT TRUE? We do not know, but Long Beach Local News reports plane with 100 unaccompanied children flew to Des Moines

UPDATE: World Atlantic plane did indeed take off from Long Beach, landed in Des Moines on April 22 — but who were the passengers?

UPDATE: World Atlantic flight from Long Beach to Des Moines…where are we now?

UPDATE: Des Moines Airport confirms flight did land in Des Moines from Long Beach, but says records indicate no passengers deplaned

Polk County Sheriff says office has not housed migrant children in jail

UPDATE: What happened to unaccompanied migrant kids who were flown from Long Beach to Des Moines?

Author: Jacob Hall