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Taxis light up airstrip in Peru for medevac flight

Last Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:40

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.


First Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:38
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