In the wake of Cyclone Fani, the Indian Air Force on Saturday sent three C-130Js Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar in quick response towards Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR). The aircraft carried approximately 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the cyclone hit locations.
The aircrafts were positioned at the Hindon air base and the crew were on standby for relief mission, subject to request from the Ministry of Health at the possibility of air operations at cyclone-hit areas.
The crew will also set up a contingency response group at Bhubaneswar for controlling ground operations.
The first three aircraft were led by Group Captain A Verma, Wing Commander HR Bhatt and Wing Commander R Nanda. These aircrafts got airborne from the Hindon airbase.
It also carried two engineers from Kolkata with repair equipment for Bhubaneshwar water supply department as requisitioned by the Odisha government.