Mon, Sep 12, 2005
Miscommunication, Or Mad Cow Fears?
As relief efforts continue for those devastated by Hurricane
Katrina, it's surprising to hear that any aid offered to the
victims and survivors would be turned away -- but exactly that
happened last Thursday when a German military plane was refused
entry into US air space.
The Associated Press reports the aircraft, carrying 15 tons of
military rations, was sent back by authorities because it did not
have proper authorization, according to a German government
spokesman. However, there were musings in the German news magazine
Der Spiegel that the aircraft was turned back because US
authorities feared that the NATO military rations onboard might
have carried mad cow disease.
While the German spokesman stated the US has since granted
approval for future relief flights, it was unclear whether any more
planes would be arriving from Germany. Several planes from that
country had already flown in rations to the Gulf Coast before
In addition to this incident, many international donors and
foreign authorities have reportedly been frustrated by bureaucratic
snafus that have hampered delivery of much needed supplies to the
According to an unnamed US Embassy official, the German plane
may have been wrongly turned away due to continuing logistical
issues and miscommunication at the scene of the rescue effort.
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