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Bystander Video Shows Air Ambulance Slicing Through Telephone Line During Takeoff

Bystander Video Shows Air Ambulance Slicing Through Telephone Line During Takeoff

An air ambulance responding to an injury accidentally shredded a telephone line while taking off from a road in British Columbia, Canada — and it was all caught on video.

A man had fallen roughly 15 feet into a water-filled ditch while pruning trees from a tractor bucket, injuring his back. First responders said the man’s body was submerged halfway in the water at the bottom of the trench.

It was decided that due to the severity of the man’s back injuries and the distance from medical facilities, a helicopter was needed to transport the man to the hospital. Firefighters lifted him out of the water and transferred him to a medical helicopter that had landed on the road. However, immediately after taking off, the rear rotor of the helicopter hit a telephone line. The pilot felt the vibrations and landed in the clearing next to the road to be safe.

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Earthquakes Can Affect Aircraft, Airports, Runways

Earthquakes Can Affect Aircraft, Airports, Runways

A question occasionally posed to those in the aviation industry is “how are aircraft affected by earthquakes?” The automatic response given to this question is often something along the lines of “airplanes fly above them.” And so, the question lives on – unanswered – in the mind of the curious inquirer.

Everyone is aware of the effects earthquakes can have on buildings, roads, and ground vehicles. Unfortunately, we have seen these effects illustrated in the recent devastation in Japan.

It may seem unlikely at first that an aircraft that spends so much time so far removed from the surface of the earth could be majorly affected by a specifically ground-based natural disaster. Yet, with more aircraft taking off and landing at all times than ever before, let alone all the aircraft and crews sitting on the ground at any one time, it’s not entirely unreasonable or trivial to wonder: Are they affected?

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Earthquakes and Tsunamis Can Happen at Any Time: How to Survive Both

Earthquakes and Tsunamis Can Happen at Any Time: How to Survive Both

It’s now been one week since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the island nation of Japan. Last Friday, rescue teams, humanitarian workers, and air medical crews from multiple countries immediately mobilized to assist with the relief effort. Our thoughts continue to be with the displaced and injured victims and their families.

Over 16,000 people have been killed or are still missing, over 500,000 still staying in shelters, as government and military agencies, humanitarian organizations like the International Red Cross, and even private air operators continue to respond to the crisis.

Japan is one of the most earthquake and tsunami-prepared places in the world. Yet, no one saw the devastation coming until it was too late.

Earthquakes are, unfortunately, a routine occurrence. They give little or no warning, and can cause catastrophic damage in seconds. Therefore, knowing what to do instinctively is very important. The next 9.0 magnitude earthquake could take a number of years, or it could happen tomorrow.

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Many Aircraft Assisting with Rescue Missions in Japan; May Assist with Nuclear Crisis

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The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday have, together, proven to be one of the worst natural disasters of our time. Over 10,000 people in Japan are already believed to have been killed since Friday. Millions of people are without heating or power as they try to deal with the loss of their homes and loved ones. Up to 450,000 people are staying in temporary shelters.

Temperatures at night are still freezing in Japan. Roads, rails, and all kinds of ports, including airports, have been washed away or become inoperable/inaccessible. Japanese television shows citizens speaking of low supplies of water, food, milk, and medicine.

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Doctors Say Girl Needs Air Ambulance for U.S. Operation

WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee reports that the adoptive family of an Armenian girl is in need of an air ambulance flight to the United States for a critical operation. Getting an air ambulance could be the young girl’s only chance to survive.

Karine Hardin, an Armenian orphan who the Hardin family has just completed adopting after a two year long battle with red tape, has a congenital disorder called Spina Bifida. The cerebral shunt that she lives with to drain excess fluid from her brain has recently become infected, and she must undergo surgery by this Sunday to survive.

The infection occurred while she was waiting for her adoption to be finalized, after the process was delayed by the U.S. Embassy, according to the Hardin family. She has been staying at a hospital in her home country for the past 11 days, but the underfunded facility does not even have enough resources to provide her with adequate fluid or nutrition to help her get stronger.

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