27 Feb '11, 10am

SAF sends aircraft to aid quake-hit Christchurch

SAF sends aircraft to aid quake-hit Christchurch

SINGAPORE: Two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 military transport aircraft were sent to help airlift humanitarian aid and supplies to victims in quake-hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Singapore's Ministry of Defence said the aircraft made two supply runs to transport bottled water and welfare supplies, as well as a decontamination team and equipment into Christchurch. The aircraft also evacuated 138 civilians out of Christchurch to Wellington and Auckland. Christchurch was hit last Tuesday by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. New Zealand police have said the disaster's final death toll was set to reach more than 200. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has made available the two C-130s currently based out of Whenuapai Air Base near Auckland for use by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) as part of the ongoing assistance provided by the SAF for the disaster relief effort...

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