31 July 2017

The Philippine Air Force's 220th Airlift Wing evacuated approximately 80 wounded soldiers through the use of a single C-130 aircraft from Laguindingan Airport to Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City in connection with the ongoing military campaign in Marawi City last July 26, 2017.

The flight was immediately outfitted for an aero-medical evacuation led by the C-130 load masters to accommodate litter patients.

Notwithstanding the fact that these patients need better medical attention and care in specialized treatment facilities in Manila, this is also one way of decongesting the increasing number of patients in Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan De Oro City in order for them to accommodate incoming battle casualties.

Much of the improvement in the aero-medical evacuation can be attributed largely to both the aircrew including the flight surgeons and nurses on board. Pilots flying this mission have to make sure to maintain sterile cockpit and that the flight should be smooth to avoid rapid movement in the cargo compartment.

Flight planning was thoroughly discussed among the aircrew to prevent ploughing through turbulence and avoid further injury to the patients on board.

The S-7 team, on the other hand, is responsible in administering medical care as necessary and close monitoring of the all the patient's conditions while on flight. Through this team effort, patients were airlifted more safely and effectively. Major Meritto Jay Quijano PAF, the Pilot-in-Command of the said C-130 aircraft who is also directly involved in various airlift operations in support to the AFP's campaign in Marawi City, stressed that "this is the only way we can assist our troops and assure them that we are ready all the time to provide the airlift support they need."

The flight was in fact the biggest air evacuation of casualties up-to-date.

Courtesy of 220th AW