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RNZAF Orion in Antarctica Medevac

An RNZAF Orion lands at Pegasus Field on a rescue mission to evacuate a sick American national to hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand
An RNZAF Orion lands at Pegasus Field on a rescue mission to evacuate a sick American national to Christchurch, New Zealand (Non-NZDF Photo, 1156)

14 September 2010

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft from No5 Squadron has touched down at Pegasus Field adjacent to McMurdo and Scott bases in Antarctica to pick up a seriously ill member of the US Antarctic programme who had been working on the ice over the winter period.

A medevac during the winter months is a rare event and carried out only when weather conditions permit. It was 35C degrees below zero on the ice and the aircraft landed around lunchtime today, refuelled and is returning to Christchurch New Zealand. It is expected to arrive approx 2100 hrs local time.

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