An Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft on Friday carried an empty oxygen tanker from Indore in Madhya Pradesh to Jamnagar in neighbouring Gujarat, an official stated.
After refilling, the 30 metric tonne-capacity tanker will return to Indore by street, he added.
“The IAF plane landed at Indore airport at 3:15 pm and left for Jamnagar with the tanker soon after,” the official stated.
The airlifting of empty tankers to oxygen filling websites utilizing IAF planes was began after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged the centre to assist his state struggle a surge in COVID-19 instances, he stated.
As the rear portion of the tanker couldn’t enter the aircraft’s cargo maintain correctly, the tanker’s mudguard was eliminated, stated Indore airport director Aryama Sanyal.
The plane will return to Indore on Saturday to move one other empty tanker, Aryama Sanyal added.
Rohan Saxena, the district official overseeing the operation, stated an oxygen tanker takes 20 hours to succeed in Jamnagar from Indore by street, whereas the aircraft will cowl the space in an hour.
Madhya Pradesh on Friday recorded 13,590 coronavirus instances, 1,206 greater than on Thursday.
The IAF on Friday tweeted that its C-17 and IL-76 plane airlifted empty oxygen containers for refiling throughout the nation.