Humanitarian flight to St. Helena Island. Medical equipment on board an A318. (Video)
On April 20, 2020, an Airbus A318 Titan Airways aircraft landed on St. Helena Island. The aircraft carried test kits and medical equipment needed to fight the new coronavirus. In addition to cargo, there were 10 medical staff on board to supplement the health service on the island.
The plane left London-Stansted and made a first stop in Accra - Ghana, and the second stop was on Ascension Island. The final destination was St. Helena Island, the isolated British territory of the South Atlantic where Napoleon spent his last days in exile.
Saint Helena is an island in the South Atlantic off the coast of Africa. It is part of the British Overseas Territories. The territory also includes the islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The island is inhabited by about 5000 people.
On the island there is a small airport with a runway 1950 meters long. The first commercial flight to St. Helena Island took place in October 2017. Airlink operated a weekly flight of Embraer 190 aircraft from Johannesburg-OR Tambo. But these flights were suspended when South Africa closed its borders to protect itself from the pandemic.