There was the rare sight of three NSW Ambulance Greater Sydney Area HEMS AW139s at the scene of a single motor vehicle accident on April 23 at Wandandian, south of Sussex Inlet on Sydney’s south coast.
Two Bankstown Airport-based AW139s and one from the Illawarra Regional Airport landed in a heavy vehicle inspection bay adjacent to the Princes Highway near the accident scene before independently flying a female driver and male passenger to hospital sustaining chest and head injuries. A child was also airlifted to hospital with head injuries in a third helicopter.
This response is understood to have been the first time Greater Sydney Area HEMS, which covers Wollongong, Sydney and Orange, has tasked three of its EMS helicopters to the same incident.
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