Busy night for CareFlight crews with six missions flown

The Brisbane-based CareFlight crew flew to Grafton to airlift a toddler who suffered injuries in a fall at home. He was flown, with his mother on board, to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.

The crew was then tasked to Inglewood Hospital to airlift a woman in her 60s with a neurological condition, before flying north to Hervey Bay to airlift an infant suffering abdominal complications. Both patients’ were transported to Brisbane.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue Pilot, Jeremy Ovens, said; “The new AW139 aircraft used by the Brisbane team flew more than six hours in the air, covered 520 nautical miles and used more than 2000 litres of jet fuel completing these three back-to-back airlifts,” he said.

“During an average mission, the fuel costs for one CareFlight helicopter can reach $1,300 per mission, but it’s a small price to pay for saving a life.”

CareFlight’s Bundaberg crew performed back-to-back missions overnight too, first flying to Mundubbera to airlift a teenager involved in a motor vehicle accident earlier that day.

The 4WD the teen was travelling in rolled and he sustained a broken arm and suspected head trauma. CareFlight was called in to airlift the teen from Mundubbera Hospital to Bundaberg Hospital for further treatment. He was accompanied on the flight by his father, and travelled in a serious but stable condition.

The same CareFlight team was then tasked from Gayndah to airlift a teenage female suffering abdominal pains to Bundaberg Hospital. She travelled in a stable condition.

The Bundaberg crew spent more than 3.5 hours in the air, burning through 686 litres of jet fuel.