U.S. Chinooks deliver supplies to Pakistan
A trio of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook air crews over the past two days delivered more than 48,000 pounds of concrete mix and 75,000 pounds of corrugated iron sheets as part of continuing relief efforts one year after the Pakistan earthquake.
The pilots and crews have been flying to remote villages still recovering from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake, which struck on Oct. 7, 2005. Nearly 80,000 people were killed in the quake, and more than 1 million more left homeless.
Some of the helicopter landing areas were as small as 50 feet wide, about 7,500 feet above sea level.
“A lot of the villagers are still living in the tents we brought them last year,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bart McPeak, a Chinook pilot from Kansas City, Kan.
“It’s a good feeling to know that with what we’ve brought them, they’ll be better prepared to get through the cold.”