Sendai Airport reopens to international flights
An AN-124-100 operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines touched down at Sendai Airport in Japan April 14 in what was the first non-military, international flight to the airport since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11.
The Volga-Dnepr flight took off from Miami with a mobile medical vehicle that measured more than 3.5 meters in height. According to a press release, the van is equipped to provide on-sight diagnostics and treatment.
"People all over the world have watched the impact of the tsunami unfold and have been so amazed and humbled by the strength and resilience of the Japanese people and by their determination and selflessness in both helping others and beginning to rebuild their lives and their country," Volga-Dnepr's president, Alexey Isaikin, said in a statement after the plane landed. "The fact that we have been able to land our aircraft at Sendai Airport today is a tribute to their resolve. We hope that the mobile medical equipment we have delivered today will ensure the lives of many people affected by this natural disaster are made a little easier."