Eurocopter Ecureuil Performs World's Highest-Altitude Longline Rescue Off Nepal’s Mount Annapurna

A record-breaking aerial rescue on Nepal's Mount Annapurna was carried by a Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil helicopter (the military variant of which is currently in trials for an Indian armed forces contract) on May 27 in extreme high altitude conditions in which three Spanish mountain climbers were successfully airlifted by the Fishtail Air AS350 B3 from a 6,900 meter-high location using the "longline" technique, in which a rescuer is suspended at the end of a long rope for insertions/extractions from difficult terrain.

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