Dramatic Video: Injured Hiker Endures Dizzying Helicopter Rescue


Video of a dizzying helicopter rescue mission in Arizona surfaced after a 74-year-old woman was sent twirling out of control like a fidget spinner.

It all took place Tuesday, when the woman tripped and fell while hiking Piestewa Peak in Arizona’s Phoenix Mountain Preserve. She suffered injuries to her head and face, and needed to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. But when the Phoenix Fire Department lifted her off the ground in a stretcher, she starts spinning.. REALLY FAST!

Local Fox 10 Phoenix captured the dizzying airlift in the video below:

According to CBS News, Phoenix Police Air Support chief pilot Paul Apolinar said a line used to prevent this sort of thing failed to function properly.

“We were doing a rescue, a hoist rescue, we do a lot of them, it was a normal rescue,” he stated. “Sometimes when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, [the basket] will start to spin, so we have a line attached to the basket to help prevent that. Today, it didn’t.”

Other than a bit of nausea, the woman apparently was not injured any further by the spin.

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