The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's Ilyushin Il-76 plane has delivered humanitarian aid to the earthquake-hit Ecuador, the ministry press service told Interfax.
"Today, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's special plane flew over 15,000 kilometers, and delivered humanitarian cargo to Ecuador's capital of Quito. The total weight of the cargo reached 30 tonnes," the press service said.
The humanitarian aid comprises food, essentials, hygienic items, tents that can house ten people, and mobile electric power stations.
All these things could not have been delivered by a regular flight, as the plane would have had to fly over half the globe and be re-fuelled four times. "The flight was conducted by two crews of pilots, who fly the plane in shifts. These people are high-class pilots, board engineers, and aviation technicians who conducted dozens of humanitarian operations worldwide during their career," the press service said.
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