Chilean Army Made 56 Missions In Flooded North
Three AS532 Cougar, a SA330 Puma and a AS355 Ecureuil of the Chilean Army Aviation Brigade are helping in flood affected northern region
Ejercito de Chile, March 31, 2015 - Delivery of aid in isolated places, rescues and medical evacuations have been part of the 56 missions that have fulfilled the Chilean Army Aviation Brigade (BAVE) aircraft since the flood hit the Atacama Region.
Three AS532 Cougar helicopters, a SA330 Puma, an AS355 Ecureuil along a C-208 Grand Caravan, have reached affected towns with 43,220 kg of aid whilst carry more than 230 passengers.
Also the Air Task Force has an important role doing seven medical evacuations of people affected by various health problems that were isolated and unable to access a hospital.
A great effort has been deployed by pilots, mechanics and support staff of the BAVE, because "Army Aviation Brigade have experience operating in these situations. Only this year we have been present with helicopters on forest fires in the south of the country, then the Villarrica volcano, and before this unfortunate disaster we were supporting fighting forest fires in the area of Chillán, "says Commander of Air Assets Group of the BAVE, Lt Col Pablo Cerda.
He adds that "in these times you realize what is the vocation of service. The effort, sacrifice and fatigue is comforted by the work. Deliver a bottle of water in the mountains or rescue a refugee child give you a unique satisfaction " concluded Lieutenant Colonel Cerda.