IAF lifts 286 stranded passengers

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Jan 12: Stranded between J&K and Ladakh, 286 passengers of Ladakh were today airlifted by Indian Air Force (IAF) in its C-130, C-17 and AN-32 aircrafts.
In a handout, Aamir Ali, Chief Coordinator Kargil Courier Service said 21 passengers were airlifted from Leh to Srinagar, 35 from Srinagar to Kargil, 19 from Kargil to Srinagar, 21 from Jammu to Kargil, 70 from Kargil to Jammu and 120 from Leh to Jammu.
Ali said that the passengers expressed their gratitude to IAF authorities, CEC LAHDC Kargil, Divisional Commissioner Ladakh and Deputy Commissioner Kargil for facilitating the aircrafts.
AN-32 Kargil Courier Service operates thrice a week between Kargil-Jammu and twice a week between Kargil-Srinagar due to the closure of Srinagar-Kargil road.
Ladakh administration has made a request to the Ministry of Defence to deploy C-17, C-130 and AN-32 aircrafts to cater to the backlog as Kargil Courier has cancelled its services due to recent bad weather.
The handout also stated that tomorrow (Wednesday, January 13) another sortie of AN-32 Kargil Courier has been planned between Kargil-Srinagar and Kargil-Jammu and the passengers have been asked to contact the concerned Liaison Officers.