The Australian outback is a big, barren place and in emergencies? Sometimes you need to think outside of the box.

If it’s setting rolls of toilet paper on fire to help land a plane, then so be it.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) service pilot Geoff Cobden, along with a doctor and nurse, were called on to airlift an injured stockman from an airstrip at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, Queensland at around midnight recently.

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Cobden explains that the logistics for landing in a remote location are figured out before the flight. At night, flares are used for lighting a runway. If that’s not available, car headlights can work too. Read more…

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A flaming toilet paper runway is one way to land at night in outback Australia