New Delhi: As tension between Ukraine and Russia escalates, the Indian Air Force (IAF) evacuated 629 Indian nationals in three C-17 aircraft on Saturday, March 5. The IAF brought the Indian evacuees from Poland, Romania and Slovakia and landed in the Hindan airbase.
So far, the IAF has flown 10 flights and evacuated 2,056 Indians, and additionally taken 26 tonnes of relief load to these countries.
In the last 24 hours, three #IAF C-17 aircraft returned to Hindan airbase with 629 Indian nationals evacuated from airfields in Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
They had carried 16.5 tonnes of relief material on the outbound journey.#HarKaamDeshKeNaam
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 5, 2022
“Three C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the IAF, which had taken off from Hindan Airbase on Friday, landed back to the base on Saturday morning with the evacuated Indians,” said the official release.
“They had carried 16.5 tonnes of relief material on the outbound journey,” IAF Tweeted.
Besides, a special IndiGo flight, carrying 229 Indian citizens also arrived in Delhi from Romania’s Suceava amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, 16 flights are scheduled to arrive in India over the next 24 hours. So far 48 Flights under Operation Ganga have landed in India, taking the total number of people evacuated from Ukraine to over 20,000.
This week, the Centre had ordered the Indian Air Force, to pitch in the rescue operations of citizens from Ukraine and its neighbouring nations in a bid to augment Operation Ganga.
The IAF has readied its fleet of C-17 transport aircraft for Operation Ganga. The American C-17 Globemasters and IL-76 transport aircraft are the most capable of flying to long distances with around 400 passengers. The C-17 transport aircraft had helped in a big way to evacuate citizens and officials from Kabul when the Taliban captured Afghanistan and forced Americans to exit from there.
On March 2, the IAF’s C-17 aircraft left for Romania, carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
yesterday, the Air Force had sent two more tranches of humanitarian aid consisting of medicines, medical equipment, relief materials, etc to Ukraine.
One of the flights carried 6 tonnes of material to Romania while the other flight carried 9 tonnes of material to Slovakia. Four tranches of humanitarian aid were sent earlier.