Queensland, Australia was lashed by a savage storm at the end of November, leaving two of the Archerfield Base-sited helicopters operated by not-for-profit RACQ Careflight Rescue with severe damage.
“The storm arrived so quickly that one of the helicopters, along with its crew, was caught outside during the intense storm,” commented Ashley van de Velde, CEO of CareFlight. “The other helicopter was inside the hangar, but has water damage after the hangar doors were torn off by the winds. We are just thankful that no one was hurt.”
Two tail rotors worth $25,000 were destroyed, along with at least one of the helicopters’ main rotors, valued at around $100,000. A tail boom was also damaged, and the water damage to the second helicopter will cost an estimated $50,000 to repair.
“We will now have to find the money to replace the equipment and that won’t be easy,” continued van de Velde. “CareFlight will be looking for whatever community support it can [find].” Luckily, the organisation’s other four bases at Toowoomba, Bundaberg and on the Gold and Sunshine coasts are still operational, ‘going about their day-to-day work of treating and transferring people in their greatest time of need’, he added.
You can view a short video of the storm below: