Anyone driving past the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may have done a double-take over the massive jetliner from the United Arab Emirates that has been parked there for days.
There is a bit of airline intrigue surrounding the 747, which has been sitting alongside the Delta Airlines hangar for all to see. Turns out, it belongs to a crown prince from a very wealthy country in the Persian Gulf which borders Saudi Arabia.
The airport's commission confirmed those details, adding that the large jet apparently flew to Minnesota with members of the royal family and their entourage.
Rumor has it, the group headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for some kind of extended medical care. Meanwhile, the plane belonging to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, which bears the nation's flag painted on the tail, has been sitting at the airport for more than a week.
YouTube video found online shows the 747 landed in front of a small crowd on June 28.
Sources tell FOX 9 News it had dropped members of the royal family to the Mayo Clinic before the pilots brought the empty aircraft to MSP-International for long-term parking.
As rumors swirl in the metro, the apparent royal visit was the biggest buzz in Rochester. Guests at the Kahler-Grand Hotel say security was tight on the upper floors, with some needing an escort to get from the elevators to the swimming pool.
One woman told FOX 9 News she saw a massive supply of brand new linens near the VIP rooms, and she guessed the royal family wanted their own sheets and towels.
Nearby business owners say it's not uncommon to see wealthy visitors from overseas drop $5,000 on a shoe-buying blitz while they are in town.
Per policy, May Clinic isn't discussing what royal family member may be receiving treatment. So it's still not clear who got the 747 for their stay.
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