Indian Air Force transports Filipino sailor to command hospital


The Indian Air Force (IAF) said that it conducted a medical evacuation using An-32 aircraft for a Filipino sailor from Indian Navy naval air station in Kochi to Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore on May 12.

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The IAF did not mention due to what condition the Filipino sailor was suffering.

It can be recalled that on May 7, shortly after leaving Kochi, India for Manila, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) suffered an engine room fire forcing it to return to port.

The Philippine Navy said a sailor suffered second degree burns and “was airlifted to a burn treatment facility at the Sanjivani Naval Hospital in INS Southern Naval Command for proper monitoring and medical treatment. Both sailors are in stable condition.”

The Navy also said another sailor sustained superficial burn and stayed at PS16 for recovery.

“Courses of action are now being undertaken to identify the extent of damage and its corresponding cost to repair. The ship’s extended stay at port for the repair also provides ample time for the recovery of injured sailors, and to complete the hauling of the remaining 800 thousand pieces of donated facemasks,” the Navy said on May 10.