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Mount arapiles rescue methods criticised by local residents
A local business owner has come under fire for allegedly flying a small helicopter over a community in which he works.
The helicopter - seen hovering around the site, which includes a farm, a shop and a school - was spotted by residents living in the village of Uthangri on Wednesday.
The pilot, whose identity was not revealed and who has now left town, made no attempt to hide his identity, leaving the helicopter hovering near the village for up to a minute, according to the residents.
This comes after local residents complained of a number of incidents involving helicopters around them over the past week, including one which caught fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
And while the pilot's helicopter has been recovered by the authorities, some residents have described the incident as an act of "witchcraft".
The helicopter - part of a larger 'S' unit - is a small rotorcraft that uses a rotary wing and rotors. When operating within restricted areas, it is capable of manoeuvring quickly from one area to another and is used as part of a number of rescue rescue schemes, according to a guide provided to Guardian Australia by Uthangri police.
It is able to land without having to navigate through thick forests as it uses a similar design to a helicopter. But some Uthangri residents, many of whom have told local media that they saw the pilot manoeuvring on the ground on the outskirts of the village, have criticised the pilot's use of the helicopter and claimed he was flying it around their village to mark important dates.
"He said he was there for weddings and stuff like that, not for anything other than that," said a resident who was not identified. "There are kids from other village and they do stuff like this too, but he's not really trying to do anything."
Uthangri local Shamsa Mohammad, 35, told Daily Mail Australia that he had seen the pilot flying towards Uthangri village on July 6 at around 4.30am, and that a young girl, named Luba, told her mother about the incident, suggesting the pilot was a'spy'. Mohammad confirmed Luba was flying with a different man and said they were heading towards Uthangri's main town.
The helicopter's location on the Uthangri site and the fact that the pilot made no attempt to conceal his identity have come under fire from locals.
"It's totally unacceptable if you are in my village and you have a helicopter flying around my village, that you would turn around and fly over my land on the pretext of doing a rescue or something else," a resident named Nader told Mail Australia. "We don'
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