Injured tramper airlifted from Tongariro Crossing

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The Tongariro Crossing. file photo / Greg Bowker
The Tongariro Crossing. file photo / Greg Bowker

A woman had to be airlifted to hospital after she fell while on the Tongariro Crossing this afternoon.

The Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew the woman to Taupo Hospital.

Pilot Nat Every said the 69-year-old woman had a badly injured wrist. She was at the highest point on the track and it was also the most distant point from the road.

Mr Every said weather conditions at the time were windy and cold with passing cloud.

"Fortunately the helicopter was able to briefly land near the woman who was flown to Taupo Hospital."

Meanwhile, a farmer was flown to Whakatane Hospital today after experiencing chest pains.

Tauranga-based TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said the 80-year-old Te Kaha farmer had become unwell with chest pains.

The man was treated at the scene by St John paramedics before being airlifted to hospital for further treatment.

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