Samaritan’s Purse Launches First Deployment of Refurbished DC-8 to Send Relief Supplies to Ecuador

Media Opportunity Tomorrow in Greensboro: Franklin Graham On-Site with Airlift That Includes Emergency Field Hospital 

Responding to the devastation caused by Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades, Samaritan’s Purse is utilizing a newly refurbished DC-8. The aircraft’s inaugural flight with the organization will be used to transport an emergency field hospital, relief supplies, and more than 30 medical staff and relief workers over the course of three flights, beginning April 20. 

This aircraft, which can carry 40 tons of emergency supplies and dozens of personnel, is a critical new tool for Samaritan’s Purse to bring relief to traumatized survivors of disasters around the world. 

In addition to the overwhelming medical need in Ecuador, Samaritan’s Purse will be working with its team of relief specialists currently on the ground to provide clean water to 50,000 people and meet the shelter needs for 5,000 households.

Samaritan’s Purse airlift of an emergency field hospital and supplies for Ecuador earthquake survivors, with the help of the organization’s newly refurbished DC-8. 

Wednesday, April 20
9:30 a.m. ET—Franklin Graham will speak
Mission Aviation Services Greensboro
701 N Terminal Service Road
Greensboro, NC 27409


  • Interview with Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse
  • Interview with Ken Isaacs, who is leading the response in Ecuador and will be traveling on the DC-8 with the supplies
  • Photo and video opportunities inside the DC-8, with the emergency field hospital loaded
  • 9:45 a.m. live shots from tarmac as plane departs

Samaritan’s Purse responded immediately to the earthquake in Ecuador after it struck the country on April 16. Since then, the organization has sent disaster relief team members to respond to the needs of the victims of the earthquake. Samaritan’s Purse plans to provide basic supplies and medical aid to those in Ecuador. 

Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations. 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