DFW Airline Service Flies Supplies to Fight Ebola to Africa

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    ATX Air Services will be flying from Fort Worth to Liberia to deliver medical equipment in the fight against Ebola. (Published Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014)

    ATX Air Services will be flying from Fort Worth to Liberia to deliver medical equipment in the fight against Ebola.

    "People are literally dying because they don't have something as simple as a glove," said Hannah Rael, who is with Direct Relief, a humanitarian medical relief organization.

    Gloves, goggles, gowns and other vital medical equipment are desperately needed in West Africa in the fight against the Ebola virus that has killed at least 1,400 people in this current outbreak.

    Tuesday morning, ATX Air Services will be flying out of Fort Worth en route to Liberia to deliver seven tons of equipment. It is a mission that would cost $500,000 for the air services alone, but this trip is all funded by donations.

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    Jim Barrow volunteered to make the 40-hour round-trip delivery with five of his co-workers at ATX Air Services.

    "I think about all the medical workers over there needing this equipment right now," said Barrow.

    The crew will fly into Monrovia and plan to be there for about 45 minutes to drop off the cargo and then turn around to begin their journey home.

    The medical equipment is all donated by medical companies. But with this current outbreak that has killed so many, more help is needed.

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    "They need a lot of help over there," said Steve Smith, executive director of Airlink. "There are a lot of supplies that need to go and there are organizers in the U.S. and in Europe that are ready to go. But I think the trouble is they just can't get them there."