Eight Britons killed in the terrorist attack on a tourist resort in Tunisia last week have been repatriated by the RAF.
These repatriations were carried out by members of the Queen’s Colour Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, onboard a C-17 Globemaster from 99 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton.
The RAF previously flew seriously injured medical evacuees out of Tunisia on Monday [29 June].
Monday’s flight was requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who were coordinating the evacuation after the terrorist attack in Sousse on Friday, 26 June.
Configured specifically for medical evacuation, Monday’s flight left RAF Brize Norton just after midday with two highly-trained RAF critical-care air-support teams onboard, including consultant anaesthetists, an anaesthetic registrar and intensive-care nurses.
The C-17’s large size allows it to carry essential medical kit while offering medical teams 365 degree access to patients, with good lighting and lots of workspace.
Squadron Leader Adam Manson, helping to coordinate the aeromedical evacuation effort, said: “The C-17 allows us to bring back multiple critically-injured patients safely and quickly on one aircraft.
“Having medically-trained personnel onboard also helps us organise the patients’ onward moves to the appropriate major trauma centres around the UK.
“The RAF is well-versed in aeromedical missions, having performed the role in Afghanistan. The injuries the patients have sustained are very similar to the types of injuries the military can face and the teams we’ve sent are used to treating patients on aircraft – they’re in the best possible hands.
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