Air Force Station, Udhampur was tasked to carry out Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission in Himachal Pradesh, close to Chamba and Kilar valley. Two aircrafts were launched from Air Force Station, Udhampur immediately.
They had a tiring task of landing at a small helipad that could accommodate only single aircraft. On reaching, the Aircrew realized that there were 52 school children of age 9-10 years stranded for past 10 days.
Additionally, 45 medical personnel were found stranded at Kilar at an elevation of more than 9500 feet. Both the aircraft established an air bridge between Kilar and Chamba, crossing a pass more than 15000 feet.
Air Bridge is a term generally used in aviation to signify routes and means of delivery material from one place to another by an airlift.
More than 35 children and 25 adults were rescued till sunset of 27 Sep 18. The rescue mission is still on.