Indian Air Force airlifts cryogenic oxygen containers from Germany, UK

Bringing much-needed relief amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the country, the Indian Air Force (IAF)’s C-17 aircraft on Sunday airlifted four cryogenic oxygen containers from Frankfurt in Germany to Hindon airbase near Delhi, an ANI report said.

Along with this, 450 oxygen cylinders from Brize Norton in the UK were also airlifted to the Chennai airbase in Tamil Nadu, the report said.

According to the report, additionally, C-17s airlifted two cryogenic oxygen containers from Chandigarh to Bhubaneswar, two from Jodhpur to Jamnagar, two from Hindan to Ranchi, two from Indore to Jamnagar, and two from Hindon to Bhubaneswar, the IAF informed.

C-17 transport aircraft are also preparing to airlift more oxygen containers from Singapore, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed.

“IAF C17 transport aircraft gearing up to airlift more empty oxygen containers from Singapore today. These containers will further boost oxygen availability in the country in view of the current Covid – 19 surge. The airlift is being coordinated by MHA,” the ANI reported quoting MHA Spokesperson’s tweet on Tuesday.