Jammu : The Indian Air Force (IAF) airlifted as many as 220 people trapped in snow hit Kishtwar district on Wednesday (04 March 2015).
130 Helicopter Unit – “The Condors”, of IAF stationed at Jammu yet again undertook a demanding operation of rescuing standard people from the inaccessible villages of Kishtwar, Navapachi and Sondar. Braving piercing snow waves, and extreme cold conditions, IAF’s MI-17 Chopper in assistance with the local administration airlifted 220 people from remote parts of Kishtwar district where they had been trapped for the past few days.
The operation was carried out under the captainship of Squadron Leader Shailesh Singh and Co-pilot Squadron Leader Nirmal and Flight Lieutenant Vikas. The aircraft took off at 0800 hours and continued with the operations in the freezing temperature of minus 4 degree Celsius.
130 Helicopter Unit had also taken active part in recent floods in month of September for rescue and relief operations which enabled to save many precious lives.