McChord cargo planes, crews aid Haiti relief - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

McChord cargo planes, crews aid Haiti relief

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Three C-17 cargo planes from McChord Air Force Base are carrying relief supplies to Haiti and evacuating some earthquake victims back to the United States.
     
The Air Force says the third C-17 departed McChord Sunday, following two of the planes that left earlier in the day. They picked up bottled water and other supplies and emergency relief teams from Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.; Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; and Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina.
     
In addition, the Air Force says two McChord crews are flying other C-17s from Charleston.
     
The C-17 can carry up to 85 tons of cargo.

Line of people at embassy wanting out of Haiti

As more troops, doctors and aid workers flow into Haiti, people are lining up at the U.S. embassy hoping to get out.
     
Hundreds of American citizens, and people claiming to be from the U.S., are outside the embassy in Port-Au-Prince waving their identification papers, hoping to get on a flight out of the earthquake ravaged country.
     
The Pan American Health Organization estimates between 50,000 and 100,000 people died in the earthquake six days ago.
     
The local director of World Food Program says her group is planning a tent camp for 100,000 people on the outskirts of the capital to provide shelter to at least some of the homeless earthquake victims.
     
Frustration over the slow delivery of food and medical supplies is on the increase in the streets of the capital.
    
Financial pledges continue to grow, with the European Union pledge today topping $500 million, and France saying it's willing to forgive Haiti's debt of more than $55 million.

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