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WINNIPEG - Manitoba’s air ambulance program is upgrading its fleet with a $6 million injection from the province.
Manitoba has purchased another Lifeflight jet to replace an older plane in the program. The program has purchased a used Citation C-560 jet aircraft.
The aircraft has modifications allowing it to land on gravel airport runways, giving access to more than 50 additional communities across the province in northern and remote areas.
Every year, Lifeflight jets transport about 600 critically-ill Manitobans while providing on-board medical support.
The Lifeflight program transports patients from isolated rural hospitals and nursing stations to care centres in Winnipeg. A group of critical-care physicians, emergency physicians and obstetricians provides 24-hour medical coverage for the program.
The Lifeflight program provides more specialized and urgent medical care than what is provided through the medevac program, which is generally used to transport stable patients.