The IAF sends a rescue crew to Kenya The IAF sends a rescue crew to Kenya On Feb. 23rd. 2006 the government of Kenya requested Israel to assist in the rescue of people buried under a collapsed building at the capital Nairobi. The ministry of foreign affairs approved the request immediately, and the IDF began to make all necessary arrangements for the mission.

The IAF sends a rescue crew to Kenya

On Feb. 23rd. 2006 the government of Kenya requested Israel to assist in the rescue of people buried under a collapsed building at the capital Nairobi. The ministry of foreign affairs approved the request immediately, and the IDF began to make all necessary arrangements for the mission.

The Israeli air force was requested to fly in the rescue crews and their equipment. Four “Karnaf” (Hercules) planes were deployed, along with a Boeing 707 Jet. The crew consisted of Medical teams, emergency management specialist, accompanied with all required equipment.

“Some 200 people were trapped in a five-story building, which was under renovation”, tells Major D., a deputy commander of the “International Squadron”. “As soon as news came in of the incident, we started with the preparations. We had to have everything ready in a very short period of time”.

“We were instructed to fly a rescue delegation of 120 people, and a large amount of rescue equipment. We were also asked to fly several search dogs that will assist in finding survivors. We had everything ready in a matter of hours, the air crew studied the flight course, and the planes took off at 4:30 am. The aircrafts landed around 9:30 am, and are now getting ready to unload the equipment and arrive to the rescue site as soon as possible”.

The Israeli air force and IDF has a long history of international cooperation, and support in times of crisis and emergency. “It is of a highest importance for the Israeli Air Force and the entire IDF to provide support at times like this”, concludes Major D.

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