AAD medevacs an Antarctic expeditioner from US base in Antarctica
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) claims it carried out an emergency medical evacuation of an expeditioner from a base in the United States in a 3,500 kilometer desperation dash from Hobart.
On Friday 13 March, AAD received a letter from the U.S. Antarctic Program and sent a medical team from Hobart on Australia's Antarctic Airbus A319 within a few hours.
The expeditioner was picked up from East Antarctica's US McMurdo station, and flew to New Zealand's Christchurch.
Antarctic Operations & Safety General Manager at AAD, Charlton Clark, said everyone made an outstanding effort to ensure the project went smoothly.
“The conditions on the ground were challenging, when the Airbus landed at McMurdo station it was around minus 30 degrees Celsius with wind chill,” Charlton Clark stated.
Stephanie Short, Section Head for Antarctic Infrastructure & Logistics at the US National Science Foundation, said she is very thankful for the AAD, flight crew and medical team's swift response.
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