Australia

Australia Airlifts American Out of Antarctica

Unidentified man needed surgery.

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AN Australian medical team has used favourable weather conditions in Antarctica to airlift an American from the US McMurdo station.

The Australian Antarctic Division's (AAD) Airbus A319 is on its way to New Zealand after an hour on the ground at the base.

Temperatures hit -25C at McMurdo but conditions otherwise were described as "perfect" for the jet to land at the base after a five-hour flight from Christchurch.