Double airlift after Cloncurry crash

The new RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has utilised its upgrades to airlift a young man and woman from the wreckage of a car crash on the Flinders Highway.

The chopper was tasked to an area 40km east of Cloncurry to treat a 19 year old woman and a man in his early 20s for lacerations, minor trauma and possible head injuries.

The new BK117 was fitted with two stretchers and would allow rescue crews to airlift multiple patients from the scene of a collision.

Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Pilot Mike Slattery said the new helicopter provided more comprehensive care for the community.

“The previous aircraft would’ve been unable to carry both passengers but the BK117 is able to be fitted with two stretchers simultaneously so this task was able to be completed in one flight,” Mr Slattery said.

“This showcases exactly the kind of increased care the newly-funded helicopter can provide for the communities of far north and north west Queensland.”