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 David Akopov.

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 coming true….

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! It can be a car accident, an accident at a station. We are always prepared 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 "terrorist attack in the Moscow metro", surely everyone knows about it. I simply cannot describe to you the feelings when you are presented with a challenge for the highest category "10" (digital distribution of the incident level). Then it became simply scary not for myself, but for others, for loved ones, for everyone around 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 cars collided, the picture there is also not easy, everyone needed help, and to be honest, then we needed it. Taking into account about 20 victims, I wanted to help everyone, but, unfortunately, we do not 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, not, although the technicians told me that in 2003, when one of the helicopters was performing the task, for reasons unknown to anyone, it got entangled in the electric transmission line during landing. I think there is no need 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?



At most we can take on board one seriously injured and deliver to the nearest clinic equipped with a helipad, if the cases are more serious, then we take the injured (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 take off all helicopters from all bases in Moscow. There are about 45 of them in the region.

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 common call from the Ministry of Emergency Situations - "fire in the house", then several apartments on the 15th floor of the new building caught fire, everything would be fine, but someone was shouting 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 into the smoky apartment. And then everyone saw a girl, 7-9 years old, 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.

At that time, our helicopter was not equipped with a winch; it was removed for repairs. The helicopter had only about 30 meters of rope, which holds a maximum of 50 kilograms.

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

I tied a rope to the skis of the helicopter and asked the pilot to fly up to the window and hover. I had to go down by hand. You cannot imagine the feeling when you have a little girl in your arms, a weak rope, and therefore, either she or I 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 through the windows into the apartment below and lowered the girl there with the help of a safety tape, then myself ...

And when everything was finally over, this girl comes to me ... and asks, "where is my mother?" ... Then it became clear that this was far from all. According to the child, her parents were in the room ... but going back there was already pure suicide. Then I must say thank you to the firefighters who cut the door to the apartment on time and saved that girl's mother. Unfortunately, they didn't manage to save my father then.

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 I was lucky that one of the firefighters I knew said: “Would you like to go to our base to work? You have all the data. " Well, I just couldn't refuse. After that, I finished my studies as an engineer on the VK-117 flight ship. And now I remain 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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