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(Emirates 24/7)   300 Peruvian Taxi drivers respond to radio station's call for help to light up runway so a medevac plane could make emergency take off   (emirates247.com) divider line 47
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2013-04-08 07:00:38 AM
That was a very exciting photo. I want to race motocabs now.

Hurrah Peruvians!
 
2013-04-08 07:01:47 AM
You'd never get NYC cab drivers to do that.

What with having to drive down to Peru and all.

Good for them!
 
2013-04-08 07:03:38 AM
Ooh, ooh, they could make a movie about this! Call it "300!"

THIS... IS... PE-RU!

/okay I'll stop now.... :(
 
2013-04-08 07:06:31 AM
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Not Impressed
 
2013-04-08 07:09:19 AM
FTFA: "The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease. "

I realize it's a poor part of the country and all, but (assuming the tropical disease is communicable) wouldn't it be unhealthier to pack mom and kid on the medevac flight with a flippin' diseased guy?
 
2013-04-08 07:12:03 AM

brimed03: Ooh, ooh, they could make a movie about this! Call it "300!"

THIS... IS... PE-RU!

/okay I'll stop now.... :(


MADNESS!
 
2013-04-08 07:12:28 AM
Do you really need 300 hundred taxis for a takeoff? A landing I could see it being useful.
 
2013-04-08 07:12:29 AM

aevorea: FTFA: "The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease. "

I realize it's a poor part of the country and all, but (assuming the tropical disease is communicable) wouldn't it be unhealthier to pack mom and kid on the medevac flight with a flippin' diseased guy?


Depends on the disease.  Malaria is a "tropical disease" and isn't transmissable human to human.  Could be something like guinea worm too.

If it were a communicable illness you are completely correct (although I would hope there is SOMEWAY to isolate him and that they would have thought of that ahead of time...)
 
2013-04-08 07:18:36 AM
You can bet your ass every one of those farkers had their "off-duty light on".
 
2013-04-08 07:20:06 AM
While this is very cool, why do you need lights for takeoff? It's not like the runway has corners now, no?

Or was the plane totally without light too?
 
2013-04-08 07:27:59 AM
Taxi trifecta in play.
 
2013-04-08 07:42:28 AM
Seems to me, if anything, you'd just need a few taxis at the end of the runway to give the pilot a sense of how much rooms he's got to accelerate.
 
2013-04-08 07:42:47 AM

Dinobot: brimed03: Ooh, ooh, they could make a movie about this! Call it "300!"

THIS... IS... PE-RU!

/okay I'll stop now.... :(

MADNESS!


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-08 07:46:43 AM

Wicked Chinchilla: aevorea: FTFA: "The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease. "

I realize it's a poor part of the country and all, but (assuming the tropical disease is communicable) wouldn't it be unhealthier to pack mom and kid on the medevac flight with a flippin' diseased guy?

Depends on the disease.  Malaria is a "tropical disease" and isn't transmissable human to human.  Could be something like guinea worm too.

If it were a communicable illness you are completely correct (although I would hope there is SOMEWAY to isolate him and that they would have thought of that ahead of time...)


It's also possible that time was enough of an issue that whoever wasn't on that plane would die regardless, so why not take the chance?  In an area without lights on the airport, it's likely they don't have a plethora of planes to work with either, further emphasizing the need to get everyone on the first (and probably only) plane out.
 
2013-04-08 07:51:40 AM
How do you make headlights blare?
 
2013-04-08 07:52:05 AM

Wicked Chinchilla: aevorea: FTFA: "The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease. "

I realize it's a poor part of the country and all, but (assuming the tropical disease is communicable) wouldn't it be unhealthier to pack mom and kid on the medevac flight with a flippin' diseased guy?

Depends on the disease.  Malaria is a "tropical disease" and isn't transmissable human to human.  Could be something like guinea worm too.

If it were a communicable illness you are completely correct (although I would hope there is SOMEWAY to isolate him and that they would have thought of that ahead of time...)


It's a new, highly contagious, deadly virus that even now is being spread amongst us.

Thanks a lot, Peruvian Cabbies!
 
2013-04-08 07:52:10 AM
www.thehumorcolumnist.com
 
2013-04-08 07:53:22 AM

Alec Beevers: How do you make headlights blare?


By turning the knob.  or sometimes hitting the switch.
 
2013-04-08 07:59:52 AM

Alonjar: Alec Beevers: How do you make headlights blare?

By turning the knob.  or sometimes hitting the switch.


That's how my gf makes me blare.
 
2013-04-08 08:00:30 AM

lucksi: While this is very cool, why do you need lights for takeoff? It's not like the runway has corners now, no?

Or was the plane totally without light too?


It was likely an unimproved strip, meaning dirt or gravel with no markings. Kind of hard to stay headed down the middle without those.... unless you have some sort of edge lighting.
 
2013-04-08 08:05:23 AM
no photo, so it didnt happen. not that it would have been as intense as the racing cabs photo anyway
 
2013-04-08 08:12:05 AM
From TFA:  Their lights blaring in the night,

Wouldn't sounds "Blare", and Lights "Glare"?
 
2013-04-08 08:19:28 AM
I've found most people willing to help when asked nicely.
 
2013-04-08 08:22:02 AM
We have always been people with a heart," said Adolfo Lobo, the radio presenter who put out the call for help.

That's what I've been SAYIN'


Except s o m e people like to correct my use of apostropheincs apostrophies apostrophes for no other reason other than to instruct me to attend the third grade again and to help themselve'se's feel morall's superiorly.  Obviously suffering from a case of to0-tight-tighty-whities.  8-D
 
2013-04-08 08:28:13 AM
Why didn't they do this in Die Hard 2? (Or they could have landed those planes at National or Andrews Air Force base)
 
2013-04-08 08:36:35 AM
Don't need lights for takeoff.  Align with the runway, and then just steer by the compass (have done 0/0 takeoffs this way with foggles, amazingly didn't hit anything and got off the ground).

Lights are super helpful for landing at night (landed at an unlit field in the dark, terrifying, long story - still here to post on fark, and the plane still worked afterwards).
 
2013-04-08 08:50:24 AM

aevorea: FTFA: "The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease. "

I realize it's a poor part of the country and all, but (assuming the tropical disease is communicable) wouldn't it be unhealthier to pack mom and kid on the medevac flight with a flippin' diseased guy?


Yes, and assuming the plane didn't have enough fuel for the trip they'd likely crash!

/or we could just not make baseless assumptions. Tropical diseases usually aren't contagious, otherwise they wouldn't be geographical in nature. Dude probably had malaria or something.
 
2013-04-08 09:20:29 AM
Grew up in a small town, really small. Had a dirt runway. At night when the guy that ran it would hear a plane he would take his pickup and direct the headlights on the wind sock and the plane would land. I guess the few pilots that were in town could tell where the runway was from that.

/really small town, less than 900 souls
 
2013-04-08 09:28:19 AM
Hitting the sky is easy. It might be hard to line up on a dark runway but one guy at the far side with a headlight should do it for takeoff. It would be nerve-racking but it sounds odd they would need so many lights.
 
2013-04-08 09:36:57 AM
I think I saw this in a movie.
 
2013-04-08 09:37:37 AM
Maybe people at radio stations aren't experts on the light requirements for unlit airstrips, and perhaps they didn't know that so many would heed their calls. Why don't we have Die Hard 2 or Galaxy Quest references?

/Okay; those were landings.
 
2013-04-08 09:38:49 AM
They probably didn't need all of them. All it says is that 300 responded.
 
2013-04-08 10:06:28 AM
300 cabs you say?

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2013-04-08 10:13:45 AM
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you know who you are...

/hot
 
2013-04-08 10:13:49 AM
Here is the airport in question.

mw2.google.com
 
2013-04-08 10:15:55 AM
Could have done it by himself:
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2013-04-08 10:23:51 AM
I can't imagine having to work in such conditions that my ability to land depended on 300 taxi cabs
 
2013-04-08 10:28:40 AM

Alec Beevers: How do you make headlights blare?


You honk them. Duh.
 
2013-04-08 10:29:13 AM

Deucetoo: They probably didn't need all of them. All it says is that 300 responded.


Came here to say this. I'm guessing that they got way more than they actually needed but used everyone that came anyway.
 
2013-04-08 10:34:08 AM
I've known for years that Peruvians like to swoop in at the last minute and save the day.

http://youtu.be/GmmWc99YPdw
 
2013-04-08 10:35:19 AM

LonMead: You'd never get NYC cab drivers to do that.

What with having to drive down to Peru and all.

Good for them!


Of course, it would be against union rules after all...
 
2013-04-08 10:38:27 AM

aevorea: FTFA: "The patients were a woman and her newborn, both with serious problems after delivery, and a man with a tropical disease. "

I realize it's a poor part of the country and all, but (assuming the tropical disease is communicable) wouldn't it be unhealthier to pack mom and kid on the medevac flight with a flippin' diseased guy?


Better to protect them than leave them there with only rudimentary care available.  It's also quite possible the disease isn't transmissible.  Many of the nasty ones aren't.

lucksi: While this is very cool, why do you need lights for takeoff? It's not like the runway has corners now, no?

Or was the plane totally without light too?


And how do you plan to even see the runway well enough to stay on it?  Most of us are used to life under urban light islands, even without local lights or the moon you can see a bit.  I've been in areas away from urban light, it's a very different experience.

Kairaishi: It's also possible that time was enough of an issue that whoever wasn't on that plane would die regardless, so why not take the chance? In an area without lights on the airport, it's likely they don't have a plethora of planes to work with either, further emphasizing the need to get everyone on the first (and probably only) plane out.


Yeah--no lights means no approach lights.  You can get a plane off by lighting the runway but landing is a much riskier affair.
 
M-G
2013-04-08 10:43:56 AM
Approves:

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2013-04-08 10:53:04 AM

M-G: Approves:

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Came here to say this.

Nicely done.
 
2013-04-08 11:00:06 AM

TurboCojones: Alec Beevers: How do you make headlights blare?

You honk them. Duh.


Best answer yet, +1
 
2013-04-08 11:21:20 AM
Again?
 
2013-04-08 12:50:38 PM
Getting a kick out of this story because over the weekend I heard on the news about a guy from this province who was killed...somewhere in the carribean.  Apparently he was part of a group of guys who were using their truck headlights to light up the runway for a medevac flight.  The plane hit is truck, him and at least 2 others died.

not so CSB
 
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