New Delhi: Indian Navy’s Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Ilyushin 38SD (IL-38) on Friday delivered a shipment of 60,000 face masks from Delhi to Goa, which was stuck here as trucks could not proceed further in the current situation of lockdown.
Indian Medical Association, Goa (IMA) had ordered the face masks to offset the shortfall but due to nationwide lockdown across the country, the trucks got stuck in Delhi.
The IMA President made a request to Indian Navy at Goa for facilitating transportation, an Indian Navy spokesperson said.
Accordingly, an Ilyushin 38SD was promptly readied to depart INS Hansa for Palam Airport here. The collection of the items at Delhi was coordinated by Air Force Station Palam and the aircraft returned to Goa with the masks the same day.
India has imposed a 21-day lockdown, which came into force on Wednesday, to check the spread of the virus which has claimed 17 lives and infected over 720 people so far.