Evacuation aircraft from SAS took off from Gardermoen this afternoon

Evacuation aircraft from SAS took off from Gardermoen this afternoon
Evacuation aircraft from SAS took off from Gardermoen this afternoon
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LANGKAWI/OSLO (Aftenposten): An evacuation plane from SAS is on its way to the Emirates. The machine will probably pick up King Harald in Malaysia.

The Norwegian Defense Forces leases a 737-700 aircraft from SAS as an evacuation aircraft. This flight is now on its way to Asia. Photo: The Norwegian Armed Forces

Published: 29/02/2024 21:10 | Updated: 29/02/2024 21:33

The machine, SAS 7185, took off from Gardermoen at 16 Thursday. The flight will land at Sharjah International Airport at 23 Norwegian time. There, the machine may need to be refueled if the plane is to continue to Langkawi International Airport in Malaysia.

If they fly directly on after an hour on the ground, they will probably be in Langkawi already at 06.00 Friday morning Norwegian time.

It is in Langkawi that King Harald is in a local hospital, after he fell ill with an infection. The king was on holiday when he fell ill. It is not known how long King Harald has been in Malaysia, but there is reason to believe that he traveled there before his 87th birthday on 21 February.

On Tuesday evening, the royal house issued a press release in which they confirmed that the king had been admitted to hospital with an infection.

The following day, the royal house confirmed that the king’s physician, Bjørn Bendz, was in place at Lankawi. He noted that the king was recovering and was still being treated at the hospital.

Can leave in a few days

Earlier on Thursday, the royal house announced that the king “can fly home in a few days”. The government arranges the transport, and the Norwegian Armed Forces are responsible for the practical arrangements.

As reported yesterday, the king will be in the hospital for a few more days. He is well looked after there.

SAS’s Boeing 737-700 aircraft was converted into a medevac aircraft (hospital aircraft) in June 2022. It was in connection with Norway starting the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers to Norway.

The plane probably has double crew on board, so that they can quickly return to Norway.

The plane is basically an ordinary passenger plane of the type Boeing 737-700, which is converted within 24 hours to transport patients in hospital beds and on stretchers.

King Harald is admitted to this hospital on Langkawi in Malaysia.
King Harald is admitted to this hospital on Langkawi in Malaysia. Photo: Martin Slottemo Lyngstad / Aftenposten

– Must ensure efficient and safe transport

The defense says on Thursday evening that they have no further information beyond the content of the press release they sent out earlier on Thursday. There they confirmed that in the coming days the Norwegian Armed Forces will support with air transport to ensure efficient and safe transport for the king.

The castle will not comment on the matter on Thursday evening and refers to the Norwegian Armed Forces.

King Harald was in good spirits during the government's lunch for the President of Tanzania on 14 February.
King Harald was in good spirits during the government’s lunch for the President of Tanzania on 14 February. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / POOL / NTB

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