Saskatchewan government plans to fill void left by damaged air ambulance

By Bre McAdam
January 12, 2011 - 6:31am

The Saskatchewan government is speaking out after an air ambulance plane crashed while trying to land in Maple Creek on Jan. 3, 2011.

The plane could take between three and six months to get repaired, but executive director of acute and emergency services with the ministry of health Deb Jordan said there isn't a concern.

"We are looking at re-deploying an aircraft from Executive Air in Regina up to air ambulance in Saskatoon, and we expect the retrofits will be completed by this weekend," Jordan said.

While there were no patients on board, the damage itself will cost about $1 million and will be covered by insurance.

Jordan says they wanted to make sure a plan was in place before releasing the news to the media, although they did have a communications person on hand in Maple Creek the day the plane went down.

"So we moved on to contingency planning to get us back up to three aircrafts," Jordan said.

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