Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mine Incident Brings Medical Evacuation Aircraft and a Helicopter to Moranbah Airport

A serious incident in a nearby mine saw no less than five fixed wing medical evacuation aircraft and one rescue helicopter call into Moranbah Airport late on Wednesday 6 May.

As shown, LifeFlight (Aeromed) flew three of their air ambulance jets to Moranbah Airport with LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" both arriving from Townsville and Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" arriving from Brisbane.  All three LifeFlight jets departed Moranbah Airport for Brisbane.

UPDATE!  After completing this task, LearJet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" then departed Brisbane and called into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) to complete another medical evacuation flight to Townsville.

UPDATE!  During the evening on Thursday 7 May, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called into Mackay Airport from Townsville and Cairns.  It later departed to Brisbane before returning to Townsville now in the wee small hours of Friday 8 May.

UPDATE!  It also appears that Challenger 604 VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" also later returned to Townsville now the wee small hours on Thursday 7 May.

Also noted calling into Moranbah Airport on Wednesday 6 May were Royal Flying Doctor Sevice of Australia (RFDS) turboprops Beech B300C Super King Air VH-FDF "FlyDoc 449" which arrived from Brisbane and Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-FDT "FlyDoc 436" which arrived from Rockhampton Airport.  Both also later departed to Brisbane.

Finally, also in response to the incident on Wednesday 6 May, the RACQ Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQ Rescue) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU "Rescue 412" looked to arrive into Moranbah Airport from Townsville after earlier completing a medical evacuation flight there from Bowen Hospital.  The CQ Rescue chopper wasn’t required to transport any of the injured and returned to Mackay Airport a little later in the evening.

Our thoughts and prayer are with the victims and their families and friends...

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