A video of a helicopter pilot evacuating the body of a foreign national showing the cargo hit on top of a hill in the Drakensberg has drawn the wrath of the flying community after it was posted on Facebook.
The video, which was shared on Facebook and WhatsApp, shows the helicopter taking off with the body, apparently of a foreign national, carried in the form of a sling. The circumstances surrounding the person’s death are unknown at this point.
Facebook posters criticized the helicopter pilot for the Drakensberg evacuation, citing his apparent lack of skills and experience, although the layman is not sure exactly what happened. Others said the evacuation showed a lack of respect for the deceased. Watch the video here:
Billy Bokdrol posted on Facebook after watching the video:
“I’m sorry I had to watch this twice because I couldn’t believe what I saw. Not because it was a corps, but this pilot must know everything about everything to do with slingshot loading. Guarantee that whoever signed it should also undergo training.
“If that load was on the wire and he grabbed it, it could have popped her ass out of the sky or shattered and went through the rotor system. Someone should follow up on this. “
The helicopter evacuation of the Drakensberg described as a “ circus ”
Slade Healy replied, “Billy Bokdrol, terrible airbending. I kakking myself just by watching this amateur circus.
Vernon Knoetze posted: “Billy Bokdrol agreed. It was hard to watch that. Any other terrain and loads, he would have been on his roof … Terrible slinging and very disrespectful to the deceased.
Billy Bokdrol then replied: “The lack of respect for Vernon Knoetze? I didn’t go that far but I don’t think it was intentional. I just don’t think the pilot is qualified.
Adrian David Parker joked, “Well, if he wasn’t dead before the helicopter took off, then he’s sure **** is posting the drag and drop exercise.”
Technical aspects of the flight highlighted
Angelo Manuel Picoto added a more technical explanation for the poor lift: “Wow. looks like a typical case where the pilot does not do his high altitude performance calculations + no care for the load. “
Nigel Wilkinson also had some advice: “No one asked at what altitude this happened. To get out of ground effect at high altitudes, you can’t just climb. You will need a forward swing or fly straight off the edge of the mountain. Why launch it? Why not tie it to the belly?
Adri Deysel said the incident was “very upsetting”.
“When you prune a body, you have to make sure you don’t do any more damage. The family can sue you for this “professional” sling… .. Yes, you are taught to respect the dead and not to cause bodily harm when slinging. “
Helicopter drags the body of a foreign national into the Drakensberg
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