South Sudan: The Buffalo aircraft marks its first anniversary with another milestone
Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 15:15

In January 2016, the Logistics Cluster began facilitating transport of humanitarian cargo on a fixed-wing aircraft popularly referred to as the Buffalo. The aircraft transports heavier payloads (8mt) than helicopters (2mt) which are otherwise used for cargo deliveries in South Sudan.

 

 

Credit: Relief International

 

On 7 February 2017, the Logistics Cluster broke new ground by facilitating a fixed-wing flight to Jangok airstrip (Longechuk County). This county had previously been served using Mathiang airstrip, which remains a helicopter only airstrip. In December 2016, the Logistics Cluster engaged Relief International to discuss alternative options for delivering cargo and the idea of improving and clearing Jangok airstrip was born.

Approximately 8 mt of Health and WASH cargo was delivered on the maiden flight to this location and a number of humanitarian actors are expected to benefit from the improved airstrip throughout the dry season. This was made possible thanks to the great team work and effort demonstrated by staff from Relief International and the cluster.

Credit: Relief International