MONTROSE. Colo Montrose charity Samaritan Aviation has unveiled there new float plane, which will serve as an aerial ambulance in for communities in Papua New Guinea.
The new aircraft doubles Samaritan aviation’s current fleet, their original craft serves as the only float plane in Papua New Guinea.
80% of residents in the east Sepik province live in remote areas without access to the areas only hospital.
Founder Mark Palm said Samaritan aviation bridges this gap, not only acting as an air ambulance, but also delivering medical supplies to those who need them.
“Our goal right now for this plane is to have it shipped over to Papua New Guinea in October, and it’s about 12 weeks on the boat then we will put it back together and start flying it early next year.”
Palm founded Samaritan aviation in 2000 after travelling to the country in 1994 and seeing the lack of medical provisions. The float boats cut the journey to the hospital from 5 days to 40 minutes.