Landing scare: Technical hiccup for ambos’ aircraft
IT is not every day a paramedic needs help from a full contingent of emergency services.
But that is exactly what happened yesterday when an Ambulance Victoria aircraft experienced technical difficulties with its landing gauge.
The fixed-wing aircraft circled for 30 minutes above Mildura Airport, before landing safely and without incident at 3.10pm.
As the plane circled overhead, a full emergency contingent was on standby on the tarmac ready to assist as required.
Two State Emergency Service trucks were on scene, along with five Country Fire Authority tankers and at least four police cars.
Three Ambulance Victoria crews, including a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance paramedic were also on the ground waiting to assist.
Ambulance Victoria media spokesman John Mullen said a pilot and a paramedic were on board.
“Both were fine, it was a normal and safe landing,” Mr Mullen said.
“They had dropped a patient off at Echuca and were on their way to the Mildura to pick up two patients.
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE: The SES, CFA and police were ready for an incident as an Ambulance Victoria aircraft, which was having technical difficulties, prepares for landing at Mildura Airport yesterday. Pictures: Clancy Shipsides
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