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
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