Filmmaker, owner and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, P4-787 Enrique Piñeyro pilot was the commander of a humanitarian flight which left Buenos Aires, Argentina bound for Warsaw, Poland.
The mission, which took place last Sunday (March 20) was to rescue hundreds of Ukrainians escaping the war and take them to three destinations within Italy, which they completed successfully. Piñeyro is the founder of the non-profit organization, Solidaire, which has a strategic alliance with Open Arms and various entities that care for refugees.
Flight transferred Ukrainian refugees to Italian reception centres
P4-787 had already made its first flight to the rescue last week with a humanitarian flight between Poland and Spain. Piñeyro and his crew put themselves at the service of families who were transferred to new reception spaces managed by refugee entities. The humanitarian flight also transported donations from Argentina.
In an interview with Infobae, Pineyro recalled a 12-year-old boy, who cried inconsolably in his mother’s arms: “She tried to hold him back, and she was barely taller than him. And her 4-year-old boy looking stunned.”
The humanitarian mission has continued throughout this week as more flights departed from Warsaw to Rome, Cagliari and Palermo on an almost non-stop itinerary. Piñeyro worked with his team to brainstorm solutions to any potential problems and the mission was completed successfully without hitches.
A statement by Piñeyro read: “Women, children and the elderly, the unfit for combat in Ukraine, are forced to leave their land and their loved ones. To leave behind a part of themselves.”