Crews rebuild helipad on Camelback Mountain

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Bruce Haffner, Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 12:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Crews spent part of the week rebuilding a helipad on the east side of Camelback Mountain on the Cholla Trail.

That landing zone allowed rescue helicopters to land and pick up injured hikers for speedy transport to the hospital.

Veteran pilot Gary Bucklin called the LZ "absolutely necessary" for successful mountain-rescue operations.

The Cholla Trail is a a longer hike that Summit Trasil (Echo Canyon), but it's also a bit easier.

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