Typhoon aid leaves Oxfordshire

An airlift of humanitarian aid is leaving RAF Brize Norton for the thousands affected by typhoon that hit the Philippines.

The planes will be transporting vehicles, equipment and medical supplies.

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Aid is airlifted to the Philippines

Richard Slee was at RAF Brize Norton early this morning as the RAF loaded Land Rovers, JCBs and other support vehicles on a C-17 headed to help with the Philippines relief effort. He spoke to Flight Sergeant Tony Rimmer and Justine Greening, the Secretary for International Development.

Plane departs for the Philippines

The C-17 Globemaster departs from RAF Brize Norton taking aid to the Philippines Credit: MOD

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft has departed from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire for the Philippines in order to deliver emergency supplies from the Department for International Development.

The load includes key logistical equipment such as 4-wheel drive vehicles to aid in the distribution of aid, JCBs to assist in the clearance of debris and reconstruction and much needed emergency medical supplies.

The C-17 carries out the majority of the vital heavy lift to sustain the UK’s forces overseas and currently offers continual support to Britain's forces in Afghanistan. The C-17 can fly for more than 4,500 nautical miles and can carry up to 100 tonnes of freight - roughly 12 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Land Rovers are loaded up to be taken to the Philippines to help with the relief effort Credit: MOD


Flying to the rescue

Flight Sergeant Tony Rimmer of the RAF talks to our reporter Richard Slee about the logistics of the relief effort. An aircraft carrying emergency equipment and support vehicles left RAF Brize Norton earlier this morning.

Supplies will help those affected by devastation

The RAF plane which has taken off for the Philippines from RAF Brize Norton will help those affected by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

The C-17 transport plane filled with heavy duty vehicles and medical supplies is part of Britain's emergency response to the disaster.

The aircraft, being operated by No 99 Squadron, is due to land in the Philippines in around 24 hours time

Its load includes two JCB diggers, two Land Rovers and a forklift truck emblazoned with stickers reading "UK aid from the British people".

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