08/21/2013

REGA has been busy this month

This month, August 2013, the three Challenger 604 ambulance jets  of REGA have been very busy.


Recently we heard of disagreements over the choice of helicopters to get help to people in difficulty in the mountains. However, REGA has three well-equipped medical jets which, operated under the name Swiss Air Ambulance, can fetch people back to Switzerland from up to 6000 kilometers. Although many bring people back to Zurich, some do also come to Geneva.

Late last night, one of these three jets (HB-JRB) brought someone back from Pristina. It landed in Geneva just after 0h30 am, then left again for Zurich, where the aircraft are normally based, at 12 minutes after one. Being a medical flight, it did not require any special derogation.

On Thursday 8 August this same aircraft brought someone to Geneva from Santiago de Compostela. This could be related to the terrible train crash there on 24 July, though I do not recall if there were any Swiss mentioned as being on that train.

We should all be glad that Switzerland has such a fine rapid repatriation service available for people in need.

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