Muhammad Ali's body arrives in Louisville

Muhammad Ali's body arrives in Louisville
The 737 transporting Muhammad Ali's body arrived at Louisville International Airport on Sunday afternoon. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)
The 737 transporting Muhammad Ali's body arrived at Louisville International Airport on Sunday afternoon. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)
The Muhammad Ali funeral procession route. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The Muhammad Ali funeral procession route. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The body of famed boxer Muhammad Ali has arrived in Louisville.

The 737 carrying his body arrived at Louisville International Airport shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to airport officials.

The plane left Phoenix at 1:15 p.m. EST. Approximately 35 passengers, including several Louisville Metro Police officers who will serve as escorts, were on board the flight.

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The three-time heavyweight champion died at the age of 74 in a hospital in Arizona on June 3.

On Thursday, a private ceremony will be held at A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home at 4501 Bardstown Rd. for family and close friends.

Services on Friday will begin with prayers at A.D. Porter & Sons, followed by a large procession that will take Ali through the streets of Louisville. The procession will pass the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville before traveling along the street bearing his name into the Parkland neighborhood, the part of town where Ali was raised.

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Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell said the procession will then head east on Broadway to Cave Hill Cemetery, where Ali will be laid to rest in a private service.

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