“Push! Push!” ‘My best patient was a little baby boy that was born on my first landing at Broken Hill at 2:30 in the morning as I taxied on the runway…’
Everyday presents new challenges for our employees – some like this one are joy filled, others tragic and heartfelt and some even dangerous.
Like Captain Robert Lee from our Kalgoorlie base who, faced with a mercy flight involving evacuation of a patient from a motor vehicle crash scene was forced into landing on a road. ‘Prior to departure I had a telephone discussion with our Chief Pilot, Captain Dick Tippett, about the “airstrip” dimensions and what to expect – a narrow road with mulga along the edges. The managers of the local roadhouse were improving the “strip” by removing any standing timber that was infringing on the road/strip, in preparation for our arrival. We loaded the Aircraft EGQ with all the necessary medical equipment, then Felicity, Dr. Geoff Day and I boarded the aircraft and departed.
When we arrived overhead we could see this big bloke wielding a chainsaw. He was clearing the last of the close timber. I made a strip inspection, which involved a low-level fly past in the landing configuration to confirm that the proposed strip was safe. There was an eight to ten knot cross wind, to add to the pucker factor on final approach, which was ascertained from a fire that had been lit just adjacent to the “airstrip” as a wind indicator. I rolled out on final approach, selected my landing point, and managed to pull off one of the smoothest landings I have done in a while. I even got applause from my two passengers. Having safely delivered the doctor and nurse they set about the business of medicine.’
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