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Helicopter rescue goes wrong as injured woman, 74, sent spinning

The hiker was said to have suffered no ill effects from the mishap – aside from dizziness.

(ABC15 Arizona)
(ABC15 Arizona)

Authorities say a 74-year-old hiker whose head and face were injured in a fall on a Phoenix mountain endured a wild ride in a stretcher as she was being hoisted into a helicopter.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say the woman was treated for dizziness and nausea but suffered no other ill effects when the stretcher spun ever-faster in the backwash of the helicopter’s rotor blades.

ABC15 Arizona’s television chopper recorded the mishap as the rescue crew lifted the injured hiker from Piestewa Peak on Tuesday morning.

The crew said a second line meant to prevent spinning broke. Eventually the rescue helicopter’s forward motion slowed the spinning enough to bring the woman into the cabin.

Officials said she was treated at a trauma centre and listed in stable condition.

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