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Lift-off for first ‘air ambulance’

Updated: Oct 29,2014 2:57 PM

China’s first official medical helicopter prepares for takeoff on its maiden flight on Oct 28. Residents in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province can call 101-999 for the service and indemnity is organized by the Red Cross Society of China and a leading insurance company to cover the huge cost of a call-out. An annual premium of 299 yuan ($49) covers claims of up to 30,000 yuan while an annual 999 yuan premium covers claims of up to 300,000 yuan.[Photo by Wang Jing/Asianewsphoto]

A dummy is placed in the craft during a drill. [Photo by Wang Jing/Asianewsphoto]

Members of the rescue staff take an oath before the launch.[Photo by Wang Jing/Asianewsphoto]

The helicopter makes its maiden flight.[Photo by Wang Jing/Asianewsphoto]

China’s first medical chopper is ready for liftoff.[Photo by Wang Jing/Asianewsphoto]