Chopper Rescue Of 74-Year-Old Woman Turns Scary As Stretcher Spins

Saul Bowman
June 6, 2019

"We were doing a rescue, a hoist rescue, we do a lot of them, it was a normal rescue", he said. The Phoenix Pilot Air Support chief said a line attached to the basket carrying her is supposed to keep it from spinning, but it failed in this case. The crew said a second line meant to prevent the spinning broke, causing the stretcher to spin ever-faster in the backwash of the helicopter's rotor blades. Emergency responders quickly showed up to the scene and determined that a helicopter rescue was the best option, so the Phoenix Police Department dispatched one to the scene.

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

"They start to lower the load, it does actually start to stop", Derek Geisel, the pilot during the rescue, told reporters.

According to a United States news site, a 74-year-old woman was airlifted after suffering a minor injury during a hike.

The rescued woman spun in the basket for roughly a minute before the spinning subsided and the crew safely delivered her to an ambulance.


Our Cliff Castle Chopper recorded as firefighters loaded a 74-year-old woman into a basket in preparation for flying her off Piestwa Peak.

For the stretcher to spin is a really rare phenomenon, according to the Phoenix fire department.

The woman, who has not been named, suffered facial and head injuries from a ground-level fall, authorities said.

Phoenix Fire Department official held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to help the public understand what happened. "It's just something that occurs every now and then". "We brought it down again, brought it back up, hoping some of the spin would lessen, which it didn't, obviously", he said. I hope she is ok.

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