Phoenix woman files claim after stretcher wildly spins during helicopter rescue

The 74-year-old hiker was lifted from a mountain in a stretcher that began to spin rapidly as it rose

By FireRescue1 Staff

PHOENIX — A 74-year-old hiker who was lifted from a mountain in a helicopter rescue has filed a notice of claim against the city of Phoenix after the stretcher she was in spun rapidly in the air.

The June rescue was captured in a video that went viral. Phoenix Fire Department officials said at the time that the woman was treated for dizziness and nausea in addition to injuries from a fall on the mountain, but did not suffer any other ill effects from the spinning.

Injured hiker flown off Piestewa Peak

🚁HELICOPTER RESCUE 🚁 Phoenix Fire officials say a 74-year-old woman was flown off of Piestewa Peak this morning after she suffered an injury. She was taken to a trauma center for evaluation:

Posted by ABC15 Arizona on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The woman’s attorney confirmed that the claim was filed but would not provide further details, according to KNXV.

“Sometimes, when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, [the basket] will start to spin,” Chief Pilot Paul Apolinar of the Phoenix Police Department’s aviation unit said shortly after the rescue.

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2020 All rights reserved.