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Lifeguard Designation?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:14 am

I was looking at the transcripts from TW Flight 800 shortly before it went down and was curious about its callsign. Apparently they had a "lifeguard" designation in their call sign that denotes something. My question, what does "lifeguard" denote? Did they have a sick person onboard or something?

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ANCFlyer
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RE: Lifeguard Designation?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:18 am

If memory serves me corrcetly, they were carrying a human organ for a transplant . . . correct me if I'm wrong.
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RE: Lifeguard Designation?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:31 am

ANCflyer,
You are absolutely correct.

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RE: Lifeguard Designation?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:45 am

Wow, I didn't know they did organ transplants internationally. Seems like a long flight to keep an organ on ice but then again I'm not a doctor, what do I know?

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sllevin
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RE: Lifeguard Designation?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 5:03 pm

"Lifeguard" demotes an air ambulance flight -- can be a patient, organs, or even doctors being ferried to a critical location. Lifeguard flights are given priority for approaches, etc.

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RE: Lifeguard Designation?

Mon Jan 03, 2005 4:44 am

There was a pretty lengthy thread on this in Tech/Ops a few months back. Sllevin is right. The lifeguard designation is given to the Arch Helos you see flying around the metro area 777STL. They have priority over everything except an emergency in flight, and on the ground.
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