Amanda Knox lands in London on way to US: airport

4th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Amanda Knox landed in London on her way home to the United States Tuesday after being acquitted of the murder of a British student and freed from prison in Italy, an airport spokeswoman said.

Knox, 24, touched down at London's Heathrow airport on a British Airways flight from Rome's Fiumicino airport shortly before 1230 GMT and was expected to catch a connecting flight to her hometown of Seattle.

"Yes, she has arrived," a spokeswoman for Heathrow told AFP, without giving further details.

Heathrow's website also confirmed flight BA553 from Rome had landed.

Journalists waiting at the airport were told earlier by a member of the airport's press office that Knox would stay airside and go directly to her Seattle flight, which is due to leave at 1415 GMT.

BA refused to say if it was making special arrangements for Knox, who was discharged from a jail near Perugia on Monday after her conviction for killing her British housemate Meredith Kercher was overturned.

"We don't discuss the details of individual passengers," a BA spokesman told AFP.

As the US student was leaving Rome, Kercher's family spoke of their disappointment at the fact that the truth of what really happened the night Kercher was killed on November 1, 2007 had been thrown into doubt.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he felt sympathy for the family.

"Of course I feel for Meredith Kercher's family, because they previously had an explanation about what happened to their daughter and they don't have that any more, and I think all of us should be thinking of them," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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