• Short Summary

    As the major foreign aid operation gathers momentum to flood-stricken Pakistan, one of the most valuable shipments has been a consignment of United States helicopters.

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    As the major foreign aid operation gathers momentum to flood-stricken Pakistan, one of the most valuable shipments has been a consignment of United States helicopters. They arrived in Karachi on Thursday (August 23) aboard a giant Galaxy transport -- six Huey helicopters, formerly used as Vietnam gunships, but now assigned a mission of mercy ferrying relief supplies and rescuing stranded flood victims.

    Working flat out, the 35 American personnel had the first helicopter ready for a test flight less than an hour after it had been unleaded from the transport. Three of the helicopters will be operating in Sind Province, the other three in the Punjab.

    Though current relief shipments are dwarfed by the size of the flood disaster -- the worst in Pakistan's history -- the helicopters will play an especially valuable role bringing medical relief to keep victims alive until the situation improves.

    SYNOPSIS: In the race against time to bring relief to the millions affected by Pakistan's massive flood disaster, one of the most valuable aid shipments has been a consignment of United States helicopters
    They arrived at Karachi on Thursday aboard & Galaxy transport -- six Huey helicopters, formerly used as Vietnam gunships, but now assigned to a vital lifesaving role in flood-devasted areas in Pakistan. Three will sperate in the Punjab, throe in Sind Province -- where latest reports indicates the Indus river floods are still worsening.

    Thirty-five United States personal flow to Pakistan to operate and service the helicopters. A further flight with support equipment and another sixty men was to follow. The Hueys have been stripped of guns and seats so that the maximum number of people can be crammed inside during rescue operations. Although current relief shipments are dwarfed by the size of the flood disaster -- the worst in Pakistan's history -- the helicopters can play a vital role in bringing emergency relief to victims. Working flat out, the technicians has the first helicopter ready to fly just an hour after arriving.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADS3R8H7VR8551XLIHHABP14L6
    Media URN:
    VLVADS3R8H7VR8551XLIHHABP14L6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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