An American on an expedition to the Antarctica had fallen sick on an ice shelf and based on a request from the United States National Science Foundation, a specialist medical team flew from Hobart to rescue the person.
The temperature hovered around the -35 degrees mark and with hardly two-and-half hours of winter twilight available, the team did a remarkable job.
This has been reported in theaustralian.com.au of dated 11th of August 2012.
An A-319 Airbus passenger plane of the Hobart-based Australian Antarctic Division was pressed into service to effect the rescue from a hastily cleared runway of compacted snow at McMurdo station. It airlifted the individual to a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand.
It took a lot of ingenuity for the US personnel to construct a temporary runway of compacted snow on ice, about 25m above sea level, on a 90m-thick ice shelf, to accept the load of the huge 62.5-tonne A-319 Airbus.
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