Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 Transports Tanzanian Accident Survivors Home

Three Children Severely Injured in Bus Crash safely Home in Tanzania After Remarkable Recovery in US

Three children who were airlifted by Samaritan's Purse to the U.S. for emergency treatment in Sioux City, Iowa, are now home in Tanzania. On Friday morning local time, the children and their mothers arrived in Tanzania aboard the same Samaritan's Purse DC-8 aircraft that airlifted them to the U.S. in May. This flight also delivered much-needed medical equipment for local hospitals, as well as supplies for the students' school.

The kids were among the passengers on a school bus when it plunged into a ravine May 6, killing 32 of their classmates and three adults. A team of medical missionaries serving with STEMM arrived at the scene of the crash just seconds after it happened and rushed into action.

The first responders knew the three surviving children needed immediate medical care beyond what local hospitals could provide. After an urgent call from Congressman Steve King, R-Iowa, Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham became involved and deployed the organization's DC-8 to airlift the survivors to the United States where they received trauma care and physical therapy at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

"I thank God for the amazing recovering of these children and am extremely grateful for the excellent care they received at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "Just as we helped bring the children here, we are grateful to now be able to get them home."

After more than three months of intensive treatment, the three children have made impressive recoveries and are ready to return home to Tanzania. In addition to carrying the children, their moms and two Tanzanian medical professionals, the DC-8 will airlift medical supplies, including anesthesia machines, infant incubators, operating tables and autoclaves. World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, will donate these supplies to three hospitals in Tanzania to help improve the country's healthcare capacity.


Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by president and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit