Taxis light up airstrip in Peru for medevac flight
Lima: Their lights blaring in the night, hundreds of taxis lined an unlit airstrip in a jungle region of Peru so an emergency medevac plane with three very sick patients could take off.
All three survived after the 300-odd drivers of motorcycles fashioned into small taxis with compartments for passengers heeded a call on Wednesday night from a radio station to race to the 800-meter airstrip in Contamana, in one of Peru`s poorest regions, Peruvian media reported on Thursday.
The airstrip is not equipped for nocturnal flights because it has no lights.
The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease.
"We have always been people with a heart," said Adolfo Lobo, the radio presenter who put out the call for help.
Contamana, a town of 26,000, has a hospital with no equipment for emergency situations and the airport is rudimentary.
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