Video: Helicopter Rotor Slices Man

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In a horrific video taken in Colombia, a man can be seen being killed by helicopter blades when the aircraft flipped over during a dramatic rescue mission.

According to Metro UK, the painful footage captured the sad moment when the victim and another who were being rescued from their own helicopter crashed in a remote part of the southwestern Cauca District in Colombia.

They had been stranded in the hillside for seven days after their craft broke down with technical issues.

They had survived the week before another chopper was scrambled and found them and came to retrieve their crashed helicopter, which had been carrying valuable equipment.

The unfortunate victim was killed on a fifth rescue mission following four successful visits to retrieve equipment.

Colombian Army General Jorge Herrera told WRadio there was no way of knowing of the ‘devastating consequences’ of the fifth mission.

The footage shows the two technicians standing next to the remains of their crashed helicopter, directing the rescue helicopter with their hands.

The victim, Ivan Andrés López Londoño, can be seen in white with his arms in the air as the black helicopter descends. Suddenly, the aircraft tips to the side and rolls over, with López Londoño hit by the rotating blades just out of shot.

López Londoño, who reportedly worked as a maintenance manager for the helicopter company, died at the scene. The pilot suffered a wrist injury and bruising when the helicopter overturned and was transferred to hospital.

Local authorities have launched an investigation to establish the cause of the accident, which took place last Sunday.
 

 

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