Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Injured woman, 74, spins wildly at high speed in helicopter rescue basket

Injured woman, 74, spins wildly at high speed in helicopter rescue basket

The Phoenix Fire Department rescued a 74-year-old woman in Arizona on Tuesday morning from Piestewa Peak in Arizona, according to a report published by ABC15.

As part of the hoist rescue, the woman was attached to a stretcher, which began dramatically spinning as a result of the sir turbulence from the helicopter's rotor.

Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong and the Stokes basket she was placed in started to spin.

Also, the chief pilot of the police department's aviation unit said that the spinnings were due to a line that was not operating properly.

Phoenix Fire Captain Bobby Dubnow said despite the rescue not going to plan, the best course of action was to fly the woman off the mountain.

A helicopter rescue turned into a terrifying ride for an elderly woman airlifted from an Arizona hiking trail on Tuesday.

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She was transported to a trauma centre for evaluation.

The spinning continued for about 40 seconds as the crew tried several times to raise and lower the basket. "The basket started to spin".

"Once we got the forward flight, the spin got to the point where they were safely able to bring the patient up to the aircraft", Geisel said.

The woman complained of dizziness and nausea but luckily, was not seriously injured.

Authorities have not released the woman's name or said what injuries she suffered.

Phoenix firefighters said it is a rare occurrence, but it has been known to happen. In the last six years in which rescuers have hoisted people with the basket, the spinning has only occurred twice.

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