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Search and rescue teams flown to Japan following earthquake and tsunami

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has been involved in the effort to fly search and rescue teams to Japan following last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The country has been left reeling after a magnitude 8.8 quake which struck the north-eastern and eastern parts of the country leaving as many as 10,000 people feared dead. More than 350,000 people are also in emergency shelters.

In the hours following the disaster Chapman Freeborn flew a German search and rescue team together with dogs and 13 tons of technical equipment from Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) to Tokyo (NRT) on a chartered B767 aircraft.

The 49-strong team was among the first to reach Japan and joined the international effort to search for survivors that may be trapped in the debris.

Chapman Freeborn has also has been working on charter flights for corporate groups looking to fly their personnel home in the wake of the disaster, as well as answering requests to transport aid related cargo to the country.

Flight support subsidiary Wings 24 advises that airports including Tokyo Narita (NRT), Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Nagoya (NGO) are operational and humanitarian related flights are being given priority by authorities.

Sendai Airport (SDJ) which was badly damaged by the 10 metre tsunami will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

14th March 2011