Published On: Sun, Aug 6th, 2017

WATCH: Mountaineer narrowly misses being hit by uncontrolled helicopter within the Alps


The miraculous escape occurred because the spinning helicopter plummeted in the direction of the aspect of the mountain, simply moments after making an attempt to land on the Grossglockner mountain in Austria.

The person, who was struggling coronary heart bother and awaiting rescue by the helicopter, managed to dive out of the trail of the spinning rotor blades.

A mountaineer on the alternative ridge captured the carnage because the helicopter thundered into the mountain, sending flames and particles flying in all instructions.

Regardless of the violent crash, the pilot, flight rescuer and affected person had been all unhurt, though the paramedic on board suffered minor accidents. 

Only a few toes to the aspect, and the helicopter may have tumbled tons of of toes down a steep cliff.

The stranded mountaineer was rescued by one other helicopter and flown to Lienzer Hospital for therapy, the place he’s mentioned to be in a steady situation.

Studies within the Austrian Kurier counsel the rescue helicopter was hovering above the bottom to assist the affected person when a gust of wind pitched the plane onerous because the rescuers tried to board.

The wreckage has been recovered from the mountainside and brought for testing as a part of efforts to ascertain a trigger.

Flight operator and proprietor of the rescue helicopter Roy Knaus defined that such rescue missions are by no means with out dangers.

Chatting with native press, he mentioned that it was probably hotter air and altitude performed a task within the crash, including: “The climate circumstances can at all times change quickly at this altitude.”

He defined: “It may very well be that the machine was too heavy after which staggered with the extra weight of the affected person.”

Michael Umschaden, a rescue helicopter pilot based mostly in Klagenfurt, defined that pilots in such conditions have solely few seconds to react.

Mr Umschaden mentioned: “Fixed winds helps with the flight, however sudden wind blows, which primarily happen within the mountains, are troublesome to estimate.”


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