MAF Deploys New Kodiak, Crew to Haiti
Members of the MAF team ready the new KODIAK for its 18-hour, 3,000-mile flight to Haiti.
January 22, 2010 — MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new Quest Aircraft Kodiak airplane and four crewmembers to serve the relief effort following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti January 12. The Quest Kodiak joins its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort. This is the first deployment of this specially designed airplane in disaster relief work.
The aircraft took off on its 3,000-mile, 18-hour flight to Haiti following a brief dedication ceremony Wednesday at MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho. Its cargo included two boxes of medical supplies, infant formula, food, and clothing collected by 9-year-old Moise Salois of Nampa, Idaho, who was adopted from an orphanage in Haiti four years ago and has two brothers and a grandmother living in Haiti.
“The Kodiak is the next generation bush plane and is made for such a time as this,” said John Boyd, MAF president. “It can land on short, unpaved airstrips to get essential humanitarian help to its destination quickly and safely in the absence of viable roads. The Kodiak will greatly expand our ability to quickly take aid where it is most needed.”
MAF flights bring desperately needed relief supplies to outlying towns and return to Port-au-Prince with expatriates who had been working in Haiti before the earthquake and are evacuating the country. MAF helps coordinate the arrival and distribution of relief through its hangar at the airport. This service is valuable to relief organizations as MAF staff know the country, the culture, and the language since it’s been serving in Haiti for 23 years.
“With the help of MAF, CCH’s trauma team and medical supplies are in Jacmel helping heal the injured, hurt, and hopeless,” said Karen H. Carr, director of Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH). “MAF has been a constant source of hope for all of the relief organizations trying to get supplies and medical personnel into Haiti. For the Haitians who are suffering and those bringing help, hearing the MAF flights overhead gives us more reason to believe that things will recover here and that more help is on the way.”