IAF deploys eight aircraft at train accident site

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 00:10

Allahabad: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has
deployed eight aircraft along with 180 army personnel for
rescue and relief operations at the site of the derailment of
the Kalka Mail in Uttar Pradesh.

According to IAF spokesperson here, one IL-76 transport
plane, two Avros, one Embraer, two MI-17s and two Chetak
helicopters have been deployed along with heavy machinery and
medical teams.

"Seven lives were saved including, that of a woman, and a
Swedish national. More than 150-200 injured passengers were
treated by army medical teams and 72 bodies of passengers were
removed from the mangled mass of steel," he said.

The IAF airlifted over 150 National Disaster Relief Force
(NDRF) personnel and seven tonnes of relief material apart
from railway officials.

Led by Major S Swain, the Army has moved one engineering
column and equipment along with medical teams required for
such a massive relief operation.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 00:10

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