IAF ferries over 1,100 stranded passengers
Posted on: 11:28 AM IST Jan 22, 2012
Jammu: With hundreds stranded in Jammu and Kashmir due to inclement weather, the IAF on Saturday ferried 1,100 people, including 250 army personnel, between the state's twin capitals.
"Over 1,100 people, 250 of them army jawans, were transported between Jammu and Srinagar which has remained cut off since January seven due to heavy snowfall," Defence spokesman SN Acharya said.
Air Officer Commanding, Jammu IAF Station, Air Commodore Nitin Sathe, who supervised the operation, told reporters IL-76 and AN-32 planes were pressed into service to lift the stranded people.
The stranded passengers included women and children, he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir government had requisitioned IAF choppers to ferry the passengers stranded due to closure of the Jammu and Srinagar National Highway.