Sup­plies have yet to leave Tampa

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World - Times staff

TAMPA — Tons of sup­plies sat in a packed hangar on Fri­day evening wait­ing for a plane that had not yet ar­rived. The goods, which amounted to about 10 trac­tor trail­ers worth of di­a­pers, food, gen­er­a­tors and bot­tled wa­ter, are bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, — but for now, they sit at the Pemco World Air Ser­vices hangar at Tampa In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The goods were do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses from the Tampa Bay area and be­yond, in­clud­ing Or­lando, Texas and Tennessee. The goal was to help ease the suf­fer­ing of Puerto Rico, which is still largely with­out power and drink­ing wa­ter since Hur­ri­cane Maria made land­fall as a Cat­e­gory 4 storm on Sept. 20 with wind speeds up to 150 mph. The hangar space nor­mally uses to re­pair com­mer­cial planes is now filled with sup­plies — Pemco al­lowed the space use with­out charge — and many of the work­ers wait­ing at the ready to load the do­nated goods are vol­un­teers. The plan was for a DC-8 to ar­rive in Tampa to pick up sup­plies and fly them to San Juan. The main deck of such a plane can hold the equiv­a­lent of 108 loaded wooden pal­lets. But Max Ch­esler, a dis­patcher who spe­cial­izes in lo­gis­tics for Men­zies Avi­a­tion who has been vol­un­teer­ing to help, said reg­u­la­tions have re­sulted in the plane be­ing de­layed since Mon­day.

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