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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pilot skill, international cooperation and a lot of luck were to thank for the successful evacuation from a remote Antarctic outpost of a U.S. researcher in apparent need of urgent surgery, an Australian official said on Friday.

The perilous evacuation in the middle of the Antarctic winter, with the continent just emerging from its six-month-long night and temperatures of -35 Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit), was completed on Thursday with the arrival in New Zealand of an A319 Airbus carrying the member of a U.S. government expedition. {ID:nL2E8J90AI]

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