- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The Mayo Clinic in Rochester has unveiled a customized $8.5 million airplane to transport high-risk patients to its facilities.

The Post-Bulletin of Rochester reports (http://bit.ly/2gOW2Km ) that the Beechcraft King Air 350C is expected to make about 400 transports per year. It has already airlifted patients to Rochester from Montana, Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

Twenty-two Mayo employees staff the plane that has a 52-inch cargo door meant to accommodate stretchers.

The fixed-wing aircraft adds to the Mayo One fleet that was created in 1984. The program began with a single helicopter based in Rochester and now boasts four - two in Rochester, one in Mankato and one in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

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