Helicopter Delivering WFP Food Assistance Makes Forced Landing In Pakistan Flood Zone

Published on 01 October 2010

ISLAMABAD – A helicopter contracted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to deliver food assistance in flood-affected areas of Pakistan had to make a forced landing today in southern Sindh province. The incident took place during a mission to deliver high-energy biscuits to flood-affected populations.

At the time of the incident, there were 12 people on board the helicopter, including WFP staff members, and all of them have survived.  A Pakistani military unit that was near the crash site helped to rescue those inside the helicopter and moved injured passengers to a nearby Chinese military hospital.  There were five Russian crew members on board, four Pakistani passengers, one Sudanese passenger and two Australians.

The rescue and recovery operation at the site of the incident is almost concluded.  The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has been informed and investigations into the incident will be conducted accordingly.

For Further Information:
Jackie Dent, WFP/ Islamabad, Mob. +92 346 856 3418
Barry Came, WFP/Islamabad, Mob. + 92 346 856 3547
Amjad Jamal, WFP/Islamabad, Mob + 92 300 850 09 89