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International aid flights bring support to Beirut

Johanna Koyser
07.08.2020
2 minutes

Last Tuesday a devastating explosion occurred in the port district of the Lebanese capital Beirut. To help the country in this serious crisis, international aid flights have been bringing support there since Wednesday. Many countries, such as Australia and Indonesia, but also the EU, Russia and the USA are participating.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, a Lufthansa aircraft commissioned by the German government took off from Germany. One of many international aid flights, manned with helpers from various rescue organisations. As did a team from the Technical Relief Organisation of the “Rapid Deployment Unit Rescue Abroad” group. Not only do they have state-of-the-art technology, but also trained search dogs to help find survivors of the explosion. The Lufthansa relief flight took off in a conventional passenger aircraft. Not only are the emergency services ready for take-off within a few hours, but they also pack their equipment in such a way that it also fits into normal commercial aircraft. 

The ability to provide rapid assistance in more distant locations is an important factor in aviation. After all, it is not only international aid flights with search teams on board that take off. For example, an entire transportable hospital flew from Russia to Beirut.

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by Johanna Koyser

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