First IAF aircraft leaves Hindon with relief personnel, equipment
Over 450 casualties reported after the biggest earthquake in 80 years hits Nepal and neighbouring countries.
Indian Air Force has already swung into action to provide rescue and relief to Nepal. A C-130J Globemaster transport aircraft of the IAF took off from Hindon airbase near Delhi with teams of NDRF and rescue equipment.
The Defence Ministry spokesperson said that after dropping the NDRF team, the C-130J aircraft will perform aerial reconnaissance to check road communication to Pokhara before returning to Hindon. Another IL76 transport aircraft of IAF is scheduled to fly from Bhatinda today evening with more NDRF teams for Nepal.
The IAF also likely to deploy its Rapid reaction Aero Medical Team, which is a mini containerised hospital that goes on a C-17 transport aircraft. The IAF has MI-17 helicopter units at Gorakhpur and Bagdogra, which are located closest to Nepal. They are also likely to be pressed into service soon.
It is also understood that Gorakhpur Air base is likely to be the IAF nodal base in India for its rescue and relief operations in Nepal.
The Indian Army has so far not announced any plans to deploy its units for rescue and relief operations in Nepal.
Source:: Indian Express