Coronavirus | IAF C-17 returns from Iran with 58 Indians

The aircraft brought back 31 women, 25 men and two children as well as 529 samples for investigation

Updated - March 12, 2020 03:15 pm IST

Published - March 10, 2020 10:25 am IST - New Delhi

Back home: Indian nationals after they were brought to India by Indian Air Force's C-17 Globemaster aircraft from COVID-19-hit Iran, at Hindon airbase on Tuesday. Fifty-eight Indians were airlifted in the military transport aircraft.

Back home: Indian nationals after they were brought to India by Indian Air Force's C-17 Globemaster aircraft from COVID-19-hit Iran, at Hindon airbase on Tuesday. Fifty-eight Indians were airlifted in the military transport aircraft.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster aircraft with Indians evacuated from Coronavirus-hit Iran landed at Hindan Air Force Station on Tuesday morning.

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“The C-17 returned from Iran to Hindan airbase this morning with 58 Indian citizens onboard. The Indians who have returned from Iran will be quarantined at Hindan,” the IAF said.

Defence officials said 31 women, 25 men and two children were brought back. The aircraft also carried 529 samples for investigation.

“IAF has activated necessary medical protocols and has put required facilities in place to provide fellow citizens with adequate care and support,” the IAF stated.

The C-17 with an IAF medical team and support staff onboard took off at 8 p.m. on Monday evening from Hindan airbase.

A special flight (IAF C-17 Globemaster) comprising crew, medical team and support staff before their departure from Hindan airbase for Tehran to airlift Indian citizens, in Hindan, Monday, March 9, 2020. (

A special flight (IAF C-17 Globemaster) comprising crew, medical team and support staff before their departure from Hindan airbase for Tehran to airlift Indian citizens, in Hindan, Monday, March 9, 2020. (

 

Samples brought back

 It brought swab samples of 529 Indians to carry out laboratory tests and check whether they carry coronavirus infection.

About 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, a country that has witnessed increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in the last few days.

The official said the Indian citizens who have returned from Iran have been quarantined at a medical facility in Hindon.

“The IAF has activated necessary medical protocols and has put required facilities in place to provide fellow citizens with adequate care and support,” an official said.

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