Two months ago, two Russian built Mi-17
helicopters were rolled out of the belly of an IL-76 transport aircraft
at Manila's international airport. The had been flown to help ferry food,
relief items and personnel to areas hit by Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon
Parma only days earlier. The helicopters were quickly put into service
and remained in service in support of humanitarian operations until recently.
Before the aircraft could return home
an assessment flight of the newly active Mt Mayon volcano in Albay Province
was requested by the head of the Philippine's Office of Civil Defense (OCD),
General Glenn Rabonza (Ret).
For the full story and a look at the
actual assessment mission, go to: http://www.wfp.org/logistics/blog/wfp-teams-philippines-preparing-possibleeruption-