LifeFlight rescues two patients from crash
The Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has performed its second double-airlift in their new BK117 model helicopter, airlifting two patients from a single-vehicle accident on the Flinders Highway, approximately 40 km east of Cloncurry last night.
A man in his early 20s and a woman, aged 19, were both airlifted from the crash scene by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and suffered lacerations, minor trauma and possible head injuries.
They were airlifted to Mount Isa and transferred by road ambulance to the local hospital.
This is the third mission completed in the new aircraft in just six days, demonstrating the increased capability of the BK117 helicopter which is fitted with two stretchers and can airlift multiple patients from an accident scene.
Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot, Mike Slattery said the new helicopter was providing more comprehensive care for the community.
"The previous aircraft would have been unable to carry both passengers but the BK117 is able to be fitted with two stretchers simultaneously so this task was able to be completed in one flight," he said.
"This showcases exactly the kind of increased care the newly-funded helicopter can provide for the communities of Far North and North West Queensland."
2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation
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