Mission to assist Fixed Wing | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Mission to assist Fixed Wing

On Friday afternoon the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked with a mission to assist our Fixed Wing Air Ambulance with a pickup of a young baby from Auckland International Airport.

Not the normal view for the chopper crew seeing an Air New Zealand A320 so close out the front window.

The team was waiting at the holding point for a Runway 23 left departure back to Hamilton when crewman Bill & pilot Bazz snapped this shot.


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