IAF airlifts 200 stranded passengers from Chennai to Hyderabad

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Indian Air Force airlifted 200 stranded passengers from flood-hit Chennai and flew them to Hyderabad, an official said.

Four transport aircraft took off from Rajali Naval air station near Arakonam, about 70 km from Chennai.

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The aircraft will land at Air Force Station, Begumpet on Thursday afternoon, an official of the Air Force Station told IANS.

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He said the passengers stranded at bus and railway stations were shifted to Rajali Naval air station and from there they were being airlifted to Hyderabad.

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With the Chennai airport shut for operations till December 6, the Rajali Naval air station is being converted into make-shift airport for commercial flights.

National carrier Air India test-landed an Airbus 320 that flew in from Hyderabad at the Navy base on Wednesday night.

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