"Generations of delegates were initiated into relief work in Angola. It involved a huge logistical operation with constant flights back and forth by Hercules and DC-10 transports. I remember how frustrating it was to was to wait and wait in the early morning while transport planes carrying other supplies than humanitarian aid were cleared to take off first."
Catherine Gendre, delegate in 1993, deputy head of delegation 2001-02
On 14 October 1987, an ICRC flight ended tragically. The organization's Hercules, carrying 20 tonnes of seed for the people of Bie province, crashed near Kuito. The six persons on board were killed (Catherine Chappuis, delegation secretary, Nuno Ferreira, an Angolan staff member, and the four crew members: Dorian Shone, Kevin Tocknell, Nicolas Duff and Gary Heap) as well as a woman and her baby on the ground.