Patriots plane heads to Haiti with medical equipment, supplies

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The New England Patriots plane took off for Haiti on Saturday after a devastating earthquake hit the country, leaving more than 2,000 people dead and over 12,000 hospitalized with injuries.

Among the supplies on the jet were IV fluid and bags, oxygen masks, surgical supplies, hospital beds, sterilizers, and generators. Two orthopedic surgeons, three physicians, and a nurse also were on board, according to TMZ Sports.

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The supplies were donated from Build Health International, a nonprofit in Beverly, Mass. Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated the aircraft to transport the supplies.

The Patriots plane has been used in previous humanitarian missions. Last year, it traveled to China to bring N95 masks back to the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It also was used in May to bring COVID vaccines to Central America, and in July to transport U.S. troops from the Horn of Africa.