Helicopter basket spins wildly in rescue of hiker

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Why did the stretcher spin?

Officials said that during the hoist rescue, a "line that was supposed to help prevent the spinning didn't prevent it, and that the phenomenon is known in the hoist rescue industry". She began experiencing disorientation and couldn't walk. It wants to windmill'.

It is only when the chopper starts moving forwards that the spinning starts to subside.

The Phoenix Fire Department made a decision to rescue the woman using a helicopter after assessing the situation. Phoenix Police Air Support chief pilot Paul Apolinar said a line used to prevent the spinning didn't function properly. Talking about the rescue, the pilot of the helicopter Derek Geisel claimed that during the operation, the line attached to the basket broke and stopped working. In fact, they said they encounter this situation during training. "Then we slowly brought it back up ... it started to spin again".

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Geisel said this was an effort to stop the spin.

The helicopter then landed at a parking lot at the base of Piestewa Peak.

Dramatic video captured a dizzying helicopter rescue on Tuesday after a woman sustained injuries while hiking in Arizona.

Thankfully, the injured hiker had no lasting effects from her wild ride. However, she suffered no ill effects from the spin.

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She was said to be in a stable condition.

In a news conference held on Tuesday afternoon, the fire department said that the spinning stretcher was "very rare", but no big deal. Spinning has happened twice during that time frame.

"It's not something that's inherent to the basket or inherent to the bag", he said.

It's unclear when the other isolated incident happened or if that person was OK, but on the bright side, this poor woman's terror brought the internet together-if for just a brief, shining moment.

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Online people have reacted to the video with shock and concern for the elderly woman.