In an unprecedented event, the Mexican Air Force will rescue Mexicans from a war conflict.
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“It is the first time, it is the first time, yes, the essence of the armed forces is precisely for the defense of the nation and our fellow citizens, for us it represents a great opportunity to be able to participate in this type of activity in a war scenario. ”pointed out Colonel Iván Navarrete, head of Civil Protection of Serena.
The plane, which twill transfer the Mexicans via Romania who asked to be rescued from Ukraine after the Russian invasionis a Sedena Boeing 737 with a capacity for 160 passengers, which in recent months has been used to provide care for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During the present administration, support has been activated for nationals who are abroad. Mainly during the current pandemic where some nationals repatriated, they went to bring some vaccines and they have been supporting countries in South America, Central and the Caribbean in the donation of vaccines, but in this case it is the first time that we go to an area that, as you know, could be bordering the conflict zone. And that already requires more attention.said Colonel Iván Navarrete, head of Civil Protection of the Sedena.
The person also in charge of the DNIII Plan and some priority projects of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported that 10 soldiers are on board in charge of planning and coordinating the rescue. As well as a crew made up of 13 other soldiers including controllers, meteorologists, maintenance managers and pilots.
“We are proud to support the Mexican Air Force and the Mexicans who are there and return them here to their country”, said Alejandro, an Air Force pilot.
In Gander, Canada, the second technical stopover of the trip to Romania was made. In this place, the conditions of the aircraft were checked and a refueling was carried out to be able to cross the Atlantic to Shanon, Ireland and later to Bucharest, Romania.
The complete route includes Mexico City – Ontario, Canada, for a first technical scale. After a second stop at Gander, Canada for refueling. Atlantic crossing. A third stopover Shannon, Ireland and landing at the final destination, Bucharest, Romaniawhere Two flags, one Mexican and one Romanian, will be displayed as a symbol of the union of two nations that rescue those who were trapped in the middle of the war.
With information from Sarahí Méndez.