TO: An updated media release
From: Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust
Saturday May 25

Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust chairwoman Christina Houghton has confirmed a plane carrying a patient from New Plymouth to Waikato Hospital made an emergency landing in Hamilton on Friday, February 24 at 11am.
‘’The Cessna 421operated on our behalf by SkyWest Aviation landed safely in Hamilton and although there was significant damage to the nose of the plane, no one was injured.
“I am happy to say that the pilot, the patient and nurse were unhurt, which is our main concern. I can also confirm the patient and nurse were able to be transferred to Waikato Hospital.’’

Truatee/ manager of the Taranaki Air Ambulance David Drummond said services in Taranaki will not be affected
“The crash landing would have no effect on the region’s access to an air ambulance, he added.
“Another aircraft will be brought in to allow us to continue to operate.”
A Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson said they will not be launching an investigation at this stage, but that the plane’s operator, SkyWest, should investigate.

Ms Houghton said the important thing was everyone on the flight was safe and that the Trust had contingency plans to cover such an eventuality.
“We are committed to providing a New Plymouth-based air ambulance service to Taranaki and there would be little if any interruption to services.

Christina Houghton
Chairwoman
Taranaki Air Ambulance trust