Ski-borne Salvation

Facing inclement weather, a lone, ski-equipped LC-130 departed the snowpack at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, evacuating seven critically injured sailors to Christchurch, New Zealand. After surviving a catastrophic fire at sea aboard a Korean vessel in the Ross Sea, off Antarctica, on Jan. 11, the badly burned fishermen were awaiting an Air Force C-17 for evacuation. Due to fog and persistent poor weather, officials delayed and ultimately scrubbed the C-17 mission, reported Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. Instead, the New York Air National Guard LC-130 crew, members of the 109th Airlift Wing in Schenectady, elected to make the roughly eight-hour haul from McMurdo, touching down at Christchurch with the injured sailors late on the evening of Jan. 13.