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PAF C-130 carrying search & rescue team, relief goods arrives in Turkiye

PAF C-130 carrying search & rescue team, relief goods arrives in Turkiye
February 7, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (APP) – The Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying members of search and rescue team and blankets from PAF Base, Nur Khan has landed in Turkiye.

The PAF aircraft was carrying relief goods from people of Pakistan for the earthquake affected brethren of Turkiye, a PAF news release said.

The transport fleet of Pakistan Air Force has always been at the forefront to respond to natural disasters and calamities both inland and abroad.

Earlier, a 51-member team from Pakistan on Tuesday morning left for Turkiye to participate in rescue and relief activities in the areas affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that caused widespread destruction.

“A 51-member Rescue Team has just left for #Turkiye via #PIA flight PK707 from #Lahore along with their 7 tons of special rescue equipment.

They will be on the ground soon as part of @GovtofPakistan’s contributions to rescue efforts. Hearts & prayers to #earthquakeinturkey victims,” a PIA spokesman said in a tweet.

In a press statement, he said the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operated flights to Istanbul (Turkiye) daily which would be available for dispatching rescue and relief assistance.

The PIA administration has also made the delivery of relief goods free of charge on humanitarian grounds for Turkiye and Syria, the spokesman said.

The relief assistance can be delivered to PIA’s cargo terminals through National Disaster Management Authority.

He said the national flag carrier had always been at the forefront during emergencies for relief assistance and vowed that PIA would extend all possible services to bring back the quake-affected Pakistans to the homeland if needed.