Interview: Assistant helicopter pilot EMERCOM of Russia. The modest hero. David Akopov.
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Interview: Assistant helicopter pilot EMERCOM of Russia. The modest hero. David Akopov.

The assistant pilot helicopter EMERCOM of Russia.

The modest hero.

David Akopov.


Good evening, introduce portal


Hello, my name is Akopov David.

What do you do? What is your occupation?


I work in the Flight industry, namely in the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in the two positions:

  • 1: Assistant Pilot (medic)
  • 2: those. Flight service - vehicle.

By profession I am a doctor.

How did you come into this profession?


An old childhood dream - to become a lifeguard, which is gradually being carried out ...

How often do you have crashes?


We fly every day, because more than 12 million people live in Moscow, and every time something happens to someone. But, unfortunately, we cannot help everyone, because we do not know what we will face today! This may be a car accident, an accident at the station. We are always ready for the worst.

Perhaps you have seen a lot of terrible and tragic picture of what feelings you have is a situation in which you need to help the person?


The senses? Hmm ... It all depends on the circumstances and what happened ... Now, if you take, as an example, the old tragic case of the "terrorist attack in the Moscow metro", everyone probably knows about it. I just can’t describe to you those feelings when they give you a call in the highest category "10" (digital distribution of the level of an incident). Then it became just not scary for yourself, but for others, for loved ones, for everyone who surrounds you.

I can tell you that if it was with the pilot .. but it's a slightly different story ...

Well, or as an example, another case: an accident on the Moscow Ring Road, when 17 machines collided, the picture was not easy there either, everyone needed help, and frankly, then we began to need it. Considering the order of the 20 victims, I wanted to help everyone, but, unfortunately, we don’t have the fate ...

Work views

operational view helipad

At some helicopter you fly?


Our main helicopter BK-117

This helicopter is you never let down?


In my practice, there is no, although the technicians said that the 2003 year, when one of the helicopters performing the task, for reasons unknown to no one, he got entangled in the line of electric gear during landing. I think it is not necessary to explain further what happened ...

How many people usually performs crash?


Standard crew of the helicopter on a mission 3 person:

1) Pilot

2) Doctor

3) sanitation.

Work helicopter

Helicopter Winter

And how many people you can bring on board? In a case in which hospital you fly?


Maximum we can take one seriously injured on board and deliver to the nearest clinic equipped with a helipad, if the cases are more serious, then we take the victims (max. 5 people) and fly to the nearest city hospital, then we can return ...

How many helicopters you on the basis of Ministry of Emergency Situations? How many helicopters can fly at the same time in case of emergency?


Our hangar is 2 helicopter. Our main VC-117 and a backup helicopter Bo-105.

During an emergency, I can fly all helicopters from all bases in Moscow. They are in the 45 order area.

How do you relax after a not just a job?


At home with the family, sometimes on the basis of at when working shift is over - we arrange a small family dinner. In general, do not miss.

Tell us about the most memorable flight?


Yes, there is one. There was the most usual call of the Ministry of Emergency Situations - "a fire in the house", then several apartments on the 15-th floor of the no-fire caught fire, everything would have been okay, but someone shouted in one of the windows, only I heard it. Through the noise of the rotor of the helicopter engine, I asked the pilot to turn on the searchlight and shine in the smoke-filled apartment. And then everyone saw the girl, 7-9 years in the window, and since the firemen could not get into the apartment, all hope was only on me. Everyone understood that time was running out.

Our helicopter at that time was not equipped with a winch, it was removed for repairs. The helicopter was only about 30 meters of rope, which can withstand a maximum 50 kilogram.

And then there was a choice: save himself or a girl?

I tied a rope to the helicopter’s skis and asked the pilot to fly up to the window and hang. I had to go down manually. You can't imagine that feeling when you have a little girl in your arms, a weak rope, and therefore either she or me will be saved. And I made a decision: I asked the doctor to release the rope from the helicopter and give it to me. I broke the windows into the apartment below and lowered the girl there with a safety tape, then myself ...

And when everything is finally over, this girl comes to me ... and asks, "Where is my mother?" ... Then it became clear that this was not all. According to the child, her parents were in the room .... but it was pure suicide to return there. Then I must say thanks to the firefighters, who cut the door to the apartment on time and saved the girl’s mother. Unfortunately, they did not have time to save my father.

The tragic story, I want to thank you for such a frank story.

How to learn to be your profession?


How to do it - exactly what I tell you I can not.

I'll tell you, it gets me ...

I graduated from the Medical College, and then paid courses international medic (Med.Brat).

And somehow lucky with the fact that one of the friends of firefighters said: “Do you want to go to the base to go to work with us? You have all the data. ” Well, I just could not refuse. After that, I graduated from the engineer of the flight vessel VK-117. And now I stay in this area.

What do you wish for those who want to work in the MOE?


Each himself the creator of what he does, and if he wants to work in the structure of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, I can only say one thing: there is no allocation to the fact that here it is weak and the other strong, everyone is equal here! If you want, come and try it yourself!

Thank you for your time, good luck in your difficult path.

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