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Safety around a helicopter

August 1, 2012

Safety around a helicopter is of the utmost importance. Many images can be found of the intense and deathly injuries that can take place when this is not top of mind.

Here are a couple of points that all individuals should keep in mind if they happen to be to be on an accident scene and a helicopter arrives.

  • No one should ever approach a helicopter without clearance from the pilot or medical crew on board.
  • NEVER approach a helicopter from the rear where the tail rotor is located.
  • ALWAYS approach a helicopter in a slightly crouched position.
  • Only approach from the front where the pilot can actually see you.
  • NEVER approach the helicopter while the blades are still turning, unless the pilot has indicated to do so.
  • Be aware that the helicopter might land on a slope and that the blades can droop down quite significantly causing a fatal accident.

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