The first batch of the Indonesian government’s humanitarian mission to care for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey arrived at Adana airport on February 12.
The mission was carried out by two Indonesian Air Force aircraft that arrived at two different times. The first landing occurred at 10:05 Turkish time with a B 737-400 carrying 47 personnel from the BASARNAS Medium Urban SAR (MUSAR Inasar) and light equipment. Meanwhile, the second landed at 5:00 p.m. Turkish time with a C-130 Hercules carrying heavy equipment and humanitarian aid from the Ministry of Defense.
“After unloading the passengers and cargo, the first plane immediately flew back to Indonesia. While the second plane, after being unloaded, immediately flew to Ankara for rest and crew change,” Colonel Amir Ali Akbar, an attache, said. of Defense assigned by the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara to coordinate the landing of all batches of flights.
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Upon arrival at the Sakirpasa Adana airport, which is the disembarkation center for all humanitarian aid arriving by air, the Team immediately received an initial briefing by the Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey, Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, and the Coordinator of the BNPB Mission, Bambang Surya Putra.
The Turkish Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) provided full support so that the entire disembarkation, permitting, immigration and customs process went smoothly.
Immediately after the landing of the first plane, all INASAR personnel proceeded to the area of operations determined by AFAD, namely Antakya in Hatay province. Upon arrival in Antakya, the INASAR team immediately liaised with the United Nations Office for Humanity in Antakya.
The first wave of the Indonesian humanitarian mission to deal with the earthquake in Turkey will be followed by the second wave on February 14, 2023 and the third wave on February 19, 2023.