IAF conducts special rescue mission to bring Covid-19 positive scientists back from Central Asia
The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted a special rescue mission in which a group of 50 Indian scientists, including those who tested positive for Covid-19, were flown back on a C-17 special transport aircraft. Globemaster from a Central Asian country.
The Indian scientists were in the Central Asian Republic on official mission as part of the agreements between India and that country.
“As soon as information was received about the spread of the coronavirus among the group of scientists, the Indian embassy in that country was activated. Immediately, the concerned government authorities asked the Indian Air Force if it could bring back the group of scientists that included Covid patients, ”sources told ANI.
The Indian Air Force had brought back Indian nationals trapped in Wuhan in China and other parts of the world, but had not sent Covid-19 positive patients.
However, the Air Force C-17 squadron had been preparing for such an eventuality and had practiced maneuvers to fly Covid-19 patients in an emergency and the precautions and safety measures that the pilots and the police had to take. crew to avoid getting infected. the sources said. Soon after, the agencies involved took all the necessary authorizations to send the plane to the Central Asian republic. In the first week of this month, the C-17 plane took off from India and reached its destination after a flight of almost nine hours. At that country’s airport, Indian officials safely took the group of scientists to the aircraft that had created all possible facilities to evacuate them, including separate compartments for passengers, the sources said.
The plane took off after a two-hour layover at the airport and returned to India, dropping scientists off at a location in the southern part of the country, they added.
The rescue mission took a total of around 20 hours.
When asked to share details about the special mission and the personnel who carried it out, the Indian Air Force declined to comment or confirm the developments.
The scientific organization the scientists were affiliated with also declined to speak about the rescue mission and the people involved in it.
The sources said that Indian officials in that country played a critical role in helping the scientists return to India.
After the flight, the Air Force crew and others involved in the mission are known to have undergone the mandatory quarantine procedure and are doing well, the sources said.
The government led by Narendra Modi since 2014 has stepped up its efforts to assist endangered Indian citizens outside the country.
Former Union Chief and Minister General VK Singh had spearheaded a rescue mission to bring back Indians caught in a conflict in the Middle East and then personally went to war-torn Iraq to retrieve the Indians who they are believed to have been kidnapped by ISIS terrorists.
During this Covid crisis as well, the Indian Navy was dispatched to Iran, Maldives, Sri Lanka and various other places to retrieve the Indians safely.