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RAAF plane to ferry helicopters for aid in Myanmar
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21:52, May 23, 2008

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Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said here on Friday night that an Australian military aircraft will take part in the effort to help Burma's cyclone victims.

Fitzgibbon said in a statement the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster plane would transport helicopters from South Africa to Thailand, to be used for relief work in Myanmar.

The helicopters would help get aid and humanitarian assistance into remote cyclone-affected areas.

"The World Food Program requested immediate support from a small number of countries as commercial aircraft were not available in a suitable timeframe," Fitzgibbon said.

"The ADF has the knowledge and experience to make an immediate and positive contribution to this humanitarian assistance effort," he said.

Source: Xinhua



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