Thursday 23 February, 2012 - Air Corps Complete Five Air Ambulance Missions.

The Air Corps successfully completed five air ambulances in the last 60 hours using a variety of aircraft types and was also tasked in the provision of top cover for a search and rescue operation off the coast involving the Irish Coast Guard.

The air ambulance missions were completed using both fixed wing and rotary aircraft and took place on island, to the United Kingdom and also to mainland Europe.

The first air ambulance was completed by an AW139 helicopter using night vision goggles. The helicopter successfully completed its mission when it landed in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel in the early hours of the 21st February. No further details are available for reasons of patient confidentiality.

The second air ambulance was completed by the Learjet fixed wing aircraft which transported a patient and HSE team from Casement Aerodrome to RAF Northolt for onward road transport to a London Hospital. This mission was successfully completed at 5.50 pm on the 21st February when the Learjet landed at RAF Northolt.

The third air ambulance was completed by a CASA fixed wing aircraft which transported a patient and HSE team from Casement Aerodrome to Manchester Airport on 22nd February. The CASA landed at 4.20pm and was met by an ambulance which transported the patient and HSE team to a hospital in the city.

The fourth air ambulance was completed by the Learjet fixed wing aircraft which transported a patient and HSE team from Casement Aerodrome to Prague RuzynÄ› International Airport, Czech Republic. The Learjet landed at 11am and the patient was transferred into the care of the local Medical Services.

The fifth air ambulance was completed by an AW139 helicopter which transported a patient and HSE team from Casement Aerodrome to Newcastle Airport, England, today. The AW139 departed at 10.00am and landed in Newcastle at 11.45am where the patient completed their journey by road.

Today's final air ambulance was the 16th completed by the Air Corps in 2012 and the 5th in the last three days.

Air Corps pilots are the only pilots within the state with the capability to fly using Night Vision Goggles.

Read More about the CASA CN 235 

Read more about the Learjet 45

Read more about the AW139

 


Press Release Date:  23 February, 2012

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