Problem-Solving with Taxis

On 4 April 2013, a radio station put out a call for motorcycles with compartments for passengers — a kind of taxi — to go to the 800-meter airstrip in Contamana, a town of 26,000 in an impoverished part of Peru, so that they could light up the airstrip enough that a Medevac plane could take off. The plane carried three very ill passengers: a woman and her newborn baby and a man with a tropical disease. Unfortunately, the plane needed to take off at night, and the airport was not equipped with the lights necessary to do that. Approximately 300 motorcycle-taxis showed up, directed their lights on the runway, and the plane was able to take off. Radio presenter Adolfo Lobo said, “We have always been people with a heart.”

For Further Information: Agence France-Presse, “Taxis light up remote airstrip in Peru for medivac flight.” 4 April 2013

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