Coronavirus / Royal Air Force confirms second Covid-19 related airlift

The Airbus A400M touching down at Sumburgh Airport on Monday morning. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

The Royal Air Force has confirmed that one of its aircrafts has been requested to recover a patient with possible coronavirus symptoms from Shetland to hospital in Aberdeen. 

The Airbus A400 Atlas landed at Sumburgh Airport this morning (6 April), shortly after the air ambulance service arrived at Tingwall with emergency medical retrieval service on board.

RAF spokesman Martin Tinworth confirmed that the plane had been dispatched from RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, on Monday morning.

NHS Shetland said it was unable to comment due to patient confidentiality.

It comes after an RAF Airbus A400M landed at Sumburgh to transfer an ill Covid-19 patient to Aberdeen on 22 March.