Drivers in Peru help light medical flight's take-off
UNDATED (WHDH) -- Hundreds of drivers used their headlights to light up a tiny airstrip in Peru Wednesday to allow a plane with three people in urgent need of medical care to take off.
It happened on a small airstrip deep in the Amazon rain forest in an area that can only be reached by air or water.
A mother and her newborn child, who suffered complications during birth, and a sick teenager needed to be flown to medical care.
Health officials and relatives of the three patients asked the owner of a small Cessna to fly them, but could not take off without proper lighting on the runway.
A local radio station put out a call for help and in less than 30 minutes 300 motorbikes and taxis arrived with headlights that lit up the runway.
The plane took off safely.