21 July 2017

About thirty military patients who sustained wounds from the ongoing firefight in Marawi City were evacuated using the C-130 aircraft yesterday, July 20, 2017. The aircraft departed from Laguindingan Airport at 10:30 p.m. and reached Villamor Air Base, Pasay City past 1 a.m. today. This sortie was the last of all scheduled itineraries that started as early as 6 a.m. – from troops relieving, reinforcements, and airlift of heavy equipment – to some areas in Mindanao.

On the other hand, the Air Force medical professionals or commonly known as the S-7 team led by Lt Col Lauron PAF accompanied the patients on board. Lt Col Lauron PAF of the Air Force General Hospital is one of the most experienced flight nurses in the Air Force having flown with aero-medical evacuation sorties for more than ten years already. Members of the S-7 team usually participate in rigorous annual training to ensure that their skills are at the highest level and equipped with the latest knowledge on aero-medical procedures. While on flight, they monitor the health condition of the patients and provide critical care, if needed.

Upon arrival, the patients were immediately turned over to the receiving medical personnel for subsequent transport to Air Force General Hospital and AFP Medical Center to undergo specialized medical treatment. The aircraft was immediately reconfigured by the C-130 loadmasters led by TSg Bolo PAF.. In fact, the flight went free of turbulence despite flying at night and with the prevailing Intertropical Convergent Zone en route to Manila. The pilots, Maj Emmanuel Makalintal PAF and Maj Airos Marianne Soria PAF, even managed to land the aircraft smoothly, completely unnoticeable on runway 24.

For the record, since its creation in the 1970s, the airlifters have completed almost 100,000 medical transports with 100% accident free.

With this, the numbers won't stop counting and your 220th Airlift Wing will continue to provide airlift with exemplary quality, safety, service, and value.

Courtesy of 220th AW