Helicopter Landing Site

The area should be free from tall obstacles such as pylons and a visual inspection for any wires, telephone or electrical, should be made.

The ground should be firm and as flat as possible.

The site should preferably be downwind of the incident so air traffic overhead is minimised as helicopters land into wind. This may not be possible if there is thick smoke and debris.

The landing site should be inspected for any loose articles or rubbish that might get blown and cause injury, or damage the airframe or engines of the helicopter.

Care should be taken to ensure that all personnel in the vicinity of helicopter operations have been briefed regarding helicopter safety. Particular importance should be placed on not approaching the helicopter until given authorisation from the pilot. Personnel should be cautioned against approaching the helicopter on landing sites with sloping ground.

Personnel should be issued with personal protective equipment in the form of high visibility clothing, eye protection and ear protection.

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