A hiker got a wild ride after a rescue helicopter picked her up.

The video is hard to watch but authorities came out to say the wind and downwash from the helicopter was the reason the basket was spinning like a top.

The unbelievable thing is that the woman said she was fine except a little dizzy from the wild ride.

She spins 175 times!

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Pilot Derek Geisel:

“This has happened in the past, but it’s been quite a while. In the past we’ve kind of learned some of the techniques to get rid of it and one, you can probably actually see in the video, is they start to lower the load and it actually does start to stop so we slowly brought it back up and it gets into the same downwash from the aircraft and it started to spin again.”

Head of the helicopter rescue team Paul Apolinar:

“It was a normal rescue. Sometimes when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, it will start to spin, so we have a line attached to the basket to help prevent that. Today it didn’t. The basket started to spin. It’s something that’s a known phenomenon in the hoist rescue industry, so we train for it. We did a couple of procedures to stop it, try to mitigate it, and to eventually get her into the basket.”

H/T: Fox 10


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