Gauchar: Landing its first big helicopter in the difficult Kedarnath area, the IAF on Tuesday not only dropped firewood and other items for funeral of the dead but also airlifted a few mortal souls.
The aviators have also developed roller-skates pulley mechanism to drop the heavy load of firewood and other material from a height of 15-20 metres while keeping the Mi-17 helicopter air borne.
"We have dropped the material from the first sortie we undertook on Tuesday morning to Kedarnath. On way back we evacuated few people," Wing Commander Felix Pinto said.
The IAF plans to send about 2-3 more sorties with a payload of about 2 tonnes of funeral material to Kedarnath so that state government authorities can begin the last rites of the dead.
The IAF has overnight fabricated a skate board system wherein wooden plyboards are tied to the metal wheels on the floor of the chopper and then the load is tied upon them and at the designated place of drop, the strings are pulled to release the material.
Flight Lt DS Rathore said the weather in Kedarnath is not very good but still the IAF is trying its best to operate in the area and provide the air support.


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