The 900-kilometre return trip to the PA Hospital took 10 hours and required a team effort from LifeFlight’s aeromedical crews in both Roma and Toowoomba.
The new Roma-based AW139 was tasked just after 6 o’clock last night to retrieve the man from the Western Downs region following a serious motor vehicle accident.
One of LifeFlight’s SGAS partners cleared their own helipad for landing to provide the fastest access for the aeromedical crew.
The time-critical mission saw the chopper touch down briefly in Toowoomba, where it refuelled and was able to be airborne again within 10 minutes.
The mission was made possible by the longer range and faster speed offered by the AW139 aircraft, which only became operational at the Roma base on Monday.
The 2017-2018 financial year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,452 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
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