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Life Flights

Samaritan Aviation’s floatplanes are essential to our mission; in an area devoid of runways, landing on a remote river is the only way to reach villages quickly. Our floatplanes can cut a week-long trip down the river by canoe into a one-hour flight, bringing a dying person in desperate need of medical care to the only hospital in the region. Our staff is on call seven days a week and our flights are free of charge to those we serve.

Medical Emergencies (Percentage of Total Life Flights)

  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Disease/Illness

Common Medical Emergencies:


  • Retained Placenta

  • Obstructed Birth

  • Fractures/Broken Bones

  • Tuberculosis

  • Malaria

  • Snake Bite

  • Buch Knife Attack

“We are thankful for partners like Samaritan Aviation. I am very happy with your service and our partnership, and I encourage you to keep leading the way in rural health service in the Sepik Province.”

Pascoe Kase, PNG Secretary of Health

“Samaritan Aviation is a bright spot in PNG’s health delivery system.”

Honorable Sasa Zibe, Minister of Health