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Injured woman (74) 'spun at high speed' in helicopter rescue terror

A BOTCHED helicopter rescue of a hiker from a mountain in Arizona has resulted in the injured woman (74) being spun round at high speed while strapped to a stretcher as she was being winched up into the aircraft.

The incident, captured on film, shows the aircraft crew attempting to winch the woman up into the helicopter. She had suffered a head injury from a fall while hiking on Piestewa Peak.

As the stretcher nears the belly of the aircraft, it begins to rotate faster until it is a whirling blur. The helicopter flies away with the woman strapped to the stretcher on the dangling line, spinning at high speed over the mountains.

She is said to have suffered no ill effects, apart from ‘feeling dizzy’. (© Independent News Service)

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