Too Gross for comfort.
A rescue helicopter crew responding to a climber suffering from heart problems atop Grossglockner mountain in the Alps ended up facing a deadly emergency of their own.
After ascending to the top of Austria’s highest peak and getting the patient quickly onboard, the pilot experienced an unknown problem that caused him to lose control, the Telegraph reports.
A climber who happened to be on Grossglockner filmed the entire ordeal, including the harrowing moment that the helicopter’s blades began to dip toward the head of the rescue worker still on the ground before the tail quickly swung around toward him, the man just barely jumping out the way.
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Seconds later, the pilot is completely unable to guide the aircraft as pitches forward, its blades cutting into the mountaintop, the fuselage getting flipped immediately onto its top before nearly going right over the edge of the 12,461-foot-tall precipice.
In all, a paramedic on board received only minor injuries while the pilot and worker on the ground were unharmed.
Likewise, the patient saw no injuries and was picked up by a second helicopter. He was then flown to a hospital.
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