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Thu, Jul 26, 2007

Woman Dies Following Rotor Blade Strike

Hit By Main Rotor On Takeoff

A woman from Italy has died from injuries she received from being struck in the back of the head by a helicopter's main rotor blades Tuesday.

The 31 year-old woman was struck while a two-seat Robinson R22 helicopter lifted off from an outback station near Larrimah in Australia's Northern Territory, according to the Australian Associated Press.

The woman was taken by car to a clinic in Mataranka and was met on the way by a ground ambulance. A Royal Australian Air Force medical helicopter from Katherine was dispatched, but the woman passed away prior to the air ambulance's arrival.

A team from Katherine and Darwin is investigating with assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Counseling has been offered to the 35 year-old pilot involved.

FMI: www.atsb.gov.au

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