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Emergency chopper loses wiper during typhoon flight

Date Posted: 2007-09-21

A helicopter on an emergency mission between Miyakojima and Ishigaki during Super Typhoon Wipha lost a windshield wiper blade, but safely continued its operation.

The 11th Maritime Safety Agency’s helicopter was carrying emergency patients when a wiper blade fell away, apparently by the strong winds. The wiper blade is 36cm long and weighs 200 grams, and is similar to a car’s windshield wiper blade, only bigger. The incident happened about 20 minutes after taking off from Ishigaki.

The helicopter landed safely. “We checked the helicopter a few days ago, and nothing was wrong,” according to the Ishigaki Airport Director. “The accessory went down, but we do our best to not have any accidents,” he said.

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