Amanda Knox traveling back to US after successful appeal

Amanda Knox left Italy on Tuesday, bound for her family's home in Seattle. An Italian court freed Amanda Knox on appeal of her 2009 murder conviction.

Amanda Knox, right, arrives from Rome with family members at Heathrow Airport London, Oct. 4. Amanda Knox headed home to the United States a free woman Tuesday, after an Italian appeals court dramatically overturned the American student's conviction of sexually assaulting and brutally slaying her British roommate.

Amanda Knox is flying home to Seattle surrounded by family members, trying to recover after four years in prison and the stress of her murder appeals trial.

A British Airways attendant on the flight from London to Seattle blocked media Tuesday from the plane's secluded upper deck "to preserve the privacy" of passengers. The attendant, quoting a Knox family member, said media were not allowed to contact Knox or her family on the flight but were welcome to attend a press conference later in Seattle.

Neither person was named, but it was the first concrete confirmation that Knox was on the flight.

The dramatic reversal of Knox's murder conviction in Italy on Monday stunned the victim's family, angered the prosecution and left questions unanswered over who killed her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, back in 2007.

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