A Guiding Light: Alaskans Join Forces To Help Medical Plane Land Safely.

vehicles lighting up runway for the safe landing of a medical plane

While living in a remote northern community might sound lonely or isolating, the exact opposite may, in fact, be true.

Hometown spirit was on full display during an incident in Deering, Alaska, when residents collaborated to help illuminate the runway at the local airport.

It seems that weather conditions were to blame for the broken light fixture at a Deering Airport landing strip. Eventually, community members received a call to action from workers at the Deering Clinic: Formulate a plan to light the runway so a patient could be transported to the clinic by medevac plane.

Apparently, the good people of Deering are not ones to shy away from a challenge!

Residents soon gathered at the runway with over 30 vehicles, including ATVs and trucks, to light the way for the medevac plane. In addition to a safe landing, there was also a successful take off as another patient was picked up from the clinic.

“It was very heartwarming.” said a community health aide at the Deering Clinic. “We all came together to make it possible and then it was so cool when the medevac landed; the Northern Lights came out.”

Despite the immense pressure and critical timing of this situation, everyone pulled together in true camaraderie. Don’t you love hearing about people who join forces to save the day? We sure do!

Watch the the lighted runway in the video below, and don’t forget to share this wonderful moment with a friend.

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