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Norwegian fighter jet helps save dying patient

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OSLO — A Norwegian F-16 fighter jet has saved a patient’s life by transporting life- life-saving medical equipment from one hospital to another, media reports said Friday.

The patient was battling for his life, and without a special lung and heart procedure called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation he would die.

The equipment was not available at the hospital in the town of Bodo in central Norway, where he was being treated.

But, a hospital in Trondheim, about 450 kilometres to the south, did have the machine and staff there contacted the air force on April 4 for help in transporting it.

The request came in just as two F-16 fighter jets were getting ready to take off from an airbase near Trondheim, reports said.

“They didn’t ask any questions, except for what size the machine was,” said Anders Wetting Carlsen, chief doctor at Trondheim’s Saint Olaf hospital.

In a stroke of good luck one of the fighter jets was equipped with an external hold that allowed it to transport equipment. The machine was loaded onto the aircraft, which made for Bodo at top speed.

“Usually we cover that distance in 35 minutes,” air squadron head Borge Kleppe told Norwegian daily Verdens Gang.

“But given the special nature of the cargo, the pilot stepped on it and arrived at the destination less than 25 minutes later.”

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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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