How to Avoid Unsafe Medical Transports like that in Ireland*


January 22 (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Angel MedFlight learned of a sad story from Belfast, Ireland involving the medical flight of an Irish mother and her newborn son. Kate McGinn gave birth to her son Laochra on December 27. She and the baby were released from the hospital but little Loachra soon became ill and was rushed back to the hospital. It was determined that he needed emergency heart surgery that would need to be performed in London, England, requiring an air ambulance medical flight. 

According to an interview with the BBC News, McGinn arrived at the local airport to find a small blue plane awaiting her and her baby for the flight from Belfast to London. McGinn’s doctor helped mother and child aboard and wrapped them in multiple blankets. McGinn says the doctor said “it will be very cold.” In describing the flight, McGinn said there was “a hole in the plane the size of a ten pence piece.” She described it as cold and drafty and air coming in from the hole and the windows. While in flight McGinn says that plane rattled and shook. The doctor tried to cover the hole with pillows. McGinn says she could see sky and clouds through the hole and that she was terribly cold. She feared for her and her baby’s life. “We could hear what sounded like a flock of birds hitting the engine,” she said. “There was a terrible rattle from the left hand side, the plane started to shake. I could see the pilots behind the doctor starting to hit buttons, and then they said they had to make an emergency landing in Liverpool. I just kept looking at my baby and saying ‘This is unreal’.” 

“I said, ‘this plane is going down and we are going to die’.” 

This account of a medical flight is what can happen when you don’t know the right questions to ask or the standards in place for medical transportation by a qualified provider. When there’s a critically ill patient aboard and time is of the essence, you want a safe, well maintained aircraft and an experienced medical crew. Air ambulances exist to provide a higher level of care and safe transport. Angel MedFlight is a worldwide ARG/US Platinum rated Air Ambulance Company with the highest standards and a spotless safety record. Our number one concern is the safety of our patients. The conditions on-board that flight from Belfast, if accurate, are all too common when not using a trusted, proven air ambulance provider for your medical transportation.

Stories like Kate McGinn’s makes it even more important to know about the air ambulance company you’re dealing with. Angel MedFlight owns, operates and maintains state-of-the-art jets as air ambulances including Learjet 60s and Learjet 35s. An in-house maintenance team ensures these jets exceed federal safety requirements. They are updated for the utmost comfort and safety of the patients they carry. Because these jets contain the most advanced avionics, they can fly patients to their locations faster and at higher altitudes, to avoid weather conditions found at lower altitudes. Each plane is outfitted as an “ICU” (intensive care unit) in the sky with the latest medical and monitoring devices. Each flight is staffed with two trained medical personnel who can handle virtually any kind of medical condition of the patient.

It is important to know that you do have a choice when it comes to medical flights. What sets Angel MedFlight apart is that we are an owner operator and not an air ambulance broker.  Angel MedFlight also provides Bedside-to-Bedside® care by handling all the logistics for your ground and air transportation with both the sending and receiving facilities. We focus on the details so you can focus on your patient or loved one. We also fly worldwide. So, even if the patient is in Ireland, we can provide medical transportation services.

You can reach Angel MedFlight at: (877) 264-3570 and at


*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors, such as AeroJet Services, LLC (License Number: J7EA116I).

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