Injured hiker rescued from Piestewa Peak by helicopter

VIDEO Rescue of injured hiker spins out of control

The Phoenix Fire Department rescued the hiker from Piestewa Park Tuesday morning by airlifting her to a hospital.

As explained by the helicopter pilots in a press conference after the video went viral, they've carried out over 200 hoist rescues and of those rescues, this type of thing has happened twice.

"Sometimes when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, it will start to spin", Paul Apolinar, Phoenix Police's chief pilot said. "The basket started to spin".

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The helicopter rescue at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve was supposed to be routine. The dizzying rescue of the injured hiker was captured on video.

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"Once we got the forward flight, the spin got to the point where they were safely able to bring the patient up to the aircraft", he added.

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Although she was spinning around and moving out of her way, the rescued woman in question is doing just fine.

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Although rare, the whirlwind of a basket ride is a known phenomenon to rescuers.

Phoenix Fire Department official held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to help the public understand what happened.

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Fire Department Capt. Kenny Overton told The Arizona Republic the woman suffered a facial laceration, wrist and hip injuries and possibly a fractured nose while hiking the peak. She was packed into a Bauman bag and basket for removal from the area, something that the rescuers have done a lot of. "Then we slowly brought it back up ... it started to spin again". I hope she is ok.

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