Monday, April 15, 2013

Heart-warming! 300 taxi drivers light-up Peru airstrip, allowing flight to depart on medical emergency

Taxi drivers to the rescue for a medical flight in Peru
Taxi drivers to the rescue for a medical flight in Peru
Here’s a heart-warming story from eastern Peru! Earlier this month, an emergency medical flight needed to depart from the remote town of Contamana at night time.

However, with no lighting on the underdeveloped airstrip, the charter plane was unable to take-off.

Luckily for the pilot, a local radio station was informed about the situation and asked its listeners for assistance.

Within 30 minutes, around 300 taxi drivers from across the town brought their cars, motorbikes and auto-rickshaws to the airstrip, using their headlights to light-up the 800-metre long strip.

As a result, the pilot was able to take-off with three passengers in need of medical treatment, leaving to the sound of applause from bystanders… great stuff! I’ve included the BBC report below, which you can watch for more details and footage.

"We have always been people with a heart," the Agence France-Presse was later told by Adolfo Lobo, the radio presenter who made the announcement calling for volunteers.

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  1. There still are a lot of good people out there somewhere! Our world needs more of this; kindness not hate!

  2. Bright example of social bondage, fellow-feeling , and above all 'awareness' among the residents. All of the people involved, especially those who gave the idea, are to be congratulated.

  3. Dinesh Kumar NaithaniMay 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Amazed to find such caring people.

  4. Elton Charles WrightMay 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Nice piece of BBC video with the article.

  5. Outstanding!! :)))


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