Two C-130 Hercules aircraft with 140 Argentines they were stranded in the city of Lima, Peru as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, They were received by the Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi this Sunday night at El Palomar Air Base.
The operation, considered as “Humanitarian assistance was logistically planned by the Ministry of Defense at the request of the Argentine Foreign Ministry”Rossi explained the portfolio through a press release.
Before starting the return trip from Lima, each of the Argentines carried out two medical controls in which the temperature was taken. Further, a doctor traveled on every plane as part of the crew to assist them if necessary.
According to spokesmen for the Ministry of Defense of the Nation, no passenger showed symptoms of coronavirus.
After landing, passengers completed a form as a health affidavit, as the current protocol dictates for those who come from abroad.
The returnees included families, older adults and several young people and they mostly used chinstraps and respected the distance meter provided in the protocol, waiting to be taken care of.
Once the passengers completed the procedures with personnel from the National Migration Directorate, two long-distance buses, arranged by the Buenos Aires government, took them to the Ezeiza International Airport.
There, according to spokesmen for the Airport Security Police, Those who reside in the Metropolitan Area would be transferred to different Buenos Aires hotels to begin with the mandatory isolation protocol, and those who live in the interior will be transferred by bus to each province.
Meanwhile, the two planes Hercules C-130 used to bring these Argentine tourists from Peru, an exterior and interior cleaning process was performed by FAA personnel wearing special QBN (Chemical-Biological-Nuclear) suits.
“I traveled with my wife on March 6 to Paracas on vacation. The first week was great, but then the coronavirus was unleashed across the country. Returning in a Hercules is the dream that many have, and I had to fulfill it in this way, ”said Gabriel when he got off the plane, one of the returned Argentines. The man, who traveled accompanied by his wife, assured that the treatment by the Argentine Air Force personnel “was special at all times.”
The flights, which arrived with a few minutes of difference to the country, at 8:28 pm and 8.50 pm, they brought 70 passengers each, and they were received by the Minister of Defense; the chief of staff of the Air Force, Xavier Isaac, and the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Juan Martín Paleo.
There were also the operational commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Martín Deimundo Escobal; the chief of staff of the Army, brigadier general Agustín Humberto Cejas; the chief of the general staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Julio Horacio Guardito.