“Our squadron was chosen to fly because the fastest way to transport a small rescue crew is with the Gulfstream G500”
A Gulfstream G500 filled with rescue and medical crews took off toward Africa A short while after Israel learned of the collapse of a shopping center in Accra, capitol of Ghana, an aid delegation of the Home Front Command began its preparations along with the “Nachshon” squadron, and headed toward the faraway African nation
Not once have the Home Front Command and IAF squadrons cooperated to take off for aid and rescue operations around the world. Yesterday, with the arrival of a command to organize a rescue delegation to capitol of Ghana, Accra, where a six-story shopping center collapsed, the “Nachshon” squadron stepped up as well. A little after midnight, the first Gulfstream G500 filled with rescue and medical crews took off toward Africa.
“We were told at night about a mall that collapsed in Ghana, and that the estimates were of 200 injured people”, says an operations official of the “Nachshon” squadron. Usually, faraway rescue missions call for heavy duty transport planes, but this time the Gulfstream G500 was enlisted for the operation. “Our squadron was chosen to fly because the fastest way to transport a small rescue crew is with the Gulfstream G500”, she explains. “We wanted to do it as quickly as possible. Within seconds people were already called from their homes to the squadron. We began preparing everything, from the simple things such as equipment and food, to the flight permits for places we don’t usually fly through”.
Until now, Ghana has reported a number of casualties. Dozens of injured people have already been rescued from the devastated building, but government officials estimate that dozens of people are still trapped in the ruins. The Israeli delegation, which includes an engineer, doctor and dog handler among others, will assist in locating other affected people and rescuing them. In the past years, a number of Israeli aid delegations have taken off to various countries around the world–the farthest of which is Japan, to which planes flew 10,000 Kilometers away from Israel.