Multiple medevac by Royal Jet


Royal Jet airlifts 31 Chinese workers injured in explosions in the Congo from Brazzaville to Beijing

Dr Ibrahim Soto and China teamRoyal Jet’s medevac unit
successfully completed a medical evacuation mission
flying 31 Chinese workers injured in explosions in the Republic
of Congo to China.

The company used a Boeing
Business Jet, fully equipped for the mission. The medevac flight landed in China after a 16-hour flight from Maya Maya Airport in Brazzaville,
the capital of the Republic of Congo, following a brief stop in Abu Dhabi for fuel and crew change.

Royal Jet had their medical
director, Doctor Ibrahim Soto on board as well as a number of Chinese medical

Photograph from Xinhua News Agency Dr Ibrahim Soto, Royal Jet’s medicial director (third from left) with Chinese medical officials helping one of the injured workers

The explosions, which the
local government said were caused by an electrical short circuit in an arms
depot in Brazzaville,
claimed more than 200 lives and injured over 1,500. Six Chinese workers out of
about 140 who were working at a nearby construction site were killed in the

“This is a record
achievement for Royal Jet under extremely difficult circumstances,” said Royal
Jet president and chief executive Shane O’Hare. “This is the first time we have
evacuated 31 patients on one aircraft. All the injured were medically assessed
to ensure that they could undergo the long-distance flight. They are now
receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Beijing.”

Doctor Soto said about the
mission “We had a total of 31 patients, four of them in a critical condition.
As our medical team arrived in Brazzaville,
we initially spent 15 hours stabilising the patients before accommodating all
of them safely in our aircraft.

He continued “The entire process was very challenging due to the large amount
of patients and the critical condition they were in. We couldn’t have done it
without the support and dedication of Royal Jet’s flight crew and cabin crew,
who helped us a lot in providing nursing care to the patients.”

“We handed over all patients in stable condition last night, and we were
received by high officials of the Chinese government who were very impressed
with our work,” Doctor Soto added.

“Our fleet of Gulfstream,
Learjet and Boeing Business Jet aircraft, based in Abu Dhabi, allows us to cover the globe and
tailor each mission to the patient’s medical needs along with our own
specialist and highly trained medical team,” O’Hare said. “We are proud to have
played our part in repatriating these injured workers.”