Colorado’s Samaritan Aviation Brings Care To Remote Villages

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<p>Samaritan Aviation has the only float plane in Papua New Guinea. </p>

Pilot and President of Samaritan Aviation Mark Palm said his organization has saved nearly 400 lives since his first flight in 2010. This year alone, 117 lives have been saved including many newborns and mothers.

Palm has focused his service around the Sepik River, the longest river on the Island of New Guinea, of which Papua New Guinea is a part.

Palm says he provides emergency flights for everything from sprained ankles to spear wounds and is backed by private donations, and grants from the PNG government.

The new Cessna float-plane will be shipped to the country later this year, but it will be on view this weekend in Colorado.

It will help Palm continue to provide emergency services as well as medical supply delivery in remote regions.

The plane can be viewed this Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial Airport south of Denver. Then on Sunday the plan will travel to the Montrose airport. It will be on display at the Black Canyon Jet Center from 4 to 8 p.m. with a short presentation about Samaritan Aviation at 6:30 p.m.