Tue, Jun 23, 2009
Passenger In The Helicopter Seriously Injured
Rule number one ... fly the
aircraft. An Australian helicopter pilot had that lesson
dramatically driven home when he made a sudden turn to get a better
look at a crocodile, and crashed in a remote area of Northern
Australia near Darwin.
The BBC reports the two were flying along Dundee Beach about 37
miles from Darwin when they caught sight of the croc. The pilot,
who has not been named. turned to get a better look, and then
remembers being "upside down in the mud".
Knowing that it could take as much as a day for a rescue team to
reach them, he pulled his injured passenger from the wreckage, and
away from the crocodiles, and buried him up to his neck in the sand
to help prevent hypothermia.
He then used his satellite phone to call for help.
Doctors who arrived on the scene thought the man was dead until
they saw him move his head. Ian Badham, director of Careflight,
said the case was "bizarre".
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