The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 10 missions in the past week or so.

On May 15 the chopper flew to Levin to help a woman in her 20s injured in a fall from a horse. She had head and back injuries and was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

On May 19 a late-night mission to Raetihi was required for a man in his 40s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

On May 22 the chopper was needed for two separate horse accidents. Both were to Cheltenham, for a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s. They were both airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

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On the afternoon of May 23 the helicopter was called to Dannevirke for a woman in her 70s with a medical emergency. She was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.

Last Thursday the crew flew a morning mission to Otaki for a woman in her 70s with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Wellington Hospital.

On Saturday the chopper undertook an afternoon mission for the national Rescue Co-ordination Centre after a personal locator beacon was activated in the Tararua Ranges.

The location was in cloud so the helicopter dropped LandSAR members nearby. The LandSAR teams found the missing tramper that night and the next morning the helicopter went back in to pick up the teams and the missing tramper.