PERTH, Australia —A Channel Ten cameraman has described being flung from the cabin of a helicopter as it crashed at Baskerville, in Perth's Swan Valley. The helicopter was filming a truck rollover on Weir Road on Saturday when the accident happened.
The chopper came to a rest on its side, having lost its tail rotor in the accident. Radio communication from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services reveals the pilot acted quickly to prevent a fire.
"The helicopter pilot has asked us to put foam on the aircraft ... while turbines are still running. Helicopter on its side - we are taking shelter behind the embankment."
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Robbie PyciorMonday, January 21, 2013 3:35:47 PMhow many non-first responders/military would run toward a crash like that? Not many. Glad to be a part of the few that would.
Bill WaugamanMonday, January 21, 2013 3:48:04 PMDon't know about you Robbie, but I know battalions of Marines and Soldiers that run towards danger for a living to include a helo down. Saw it 1st hand in Iraq multiple times.
Robbie EdmondsonMonday, January 21, 2013 3:56:11 PMthat was a great job by all! I would of done the same in a heart beat.
Ron SetterbergMonday, January 21, 2013 4:22:55 PMscary to see as we have to prep land zones for medical flights. We are rural and I many of the people need to be flown out.
Keith MichaelsMonday, January 21, 2013 6:11:58 PMwhat happend to the video?
Darrin DeckerMonday, January 21, 2013 7:02:12 PMNot sure if they changed it, but a video is available here http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-01-19/man-flung-from-cabin-as-news-chopper-crashes/1075734
Robbie PyciorMonday, January 21, 2013 7:44:54 PMi know several, soldiers and a few marines who do. First responders and military are similar....i guess my comment was worded badly? ...Non-first responders/non-military
Joe ThomissenTuesday, January 22, 2013 1:01:36 AMWatch the Vid here: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-01-19/man-flung-from-cabin-as-news-chopper-crashes/1075734.
Josh NormanTuesday, January 22, 2013 5:55:17 AMwhere did this go.
Keith MichaelsTuesday, January 22, 2013 8:13:35 AMThanks, wow that was a close one for the ground crews