A sick US citizen working at a research center in the Antarctic was rescued by an Australian Airbus A319 on Thursday.
The Airbus A319 (pictured) was flown in by Australian Antarctic Division to transport the ill man from the US McMurdo station in Antarctica to a medical facility in New Zealand.
The exact nature of the injuries has not been disclosed, but the transport to New Zealand, where they took the patient, was required due to the lack of treatment the man needed.
“The patient is currently stable but may require immediate corrective surgery,” a statement by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) said earlier on Thursday.
It added that the base was “not equipped for the type of procedure being contemplated”.
NSF said that they would not release his or her name because of privacy issues.
The runway at McMurdo station is one of very few on the continent that is operational most of the year. The rescue also had to be timed to coincide with limited daylight that occurs during this time of year.