ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix agrees to pay woman $450K over spinning basket mountain rescue

Dec 2, 2021, 12:00 PM | Updated: 12:18 pm

PHOENIX – A woman whose helicopter rescue became a spinning ordeal above a Phoenix mountain two years ago has reached a settlement of up to $450,000 with the city.

The Phoenix City Council approved the move to pay Katalin Metro at Wednesday’s meeting, according to public documents.

A spokesman for the city told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email Thursday, “The Metros and the City were able to come to an agreement of this disputed claim. The City denies any wrongdoing or liability.”

Metro and her husband George filed a $2 million notice of claim over the June 2019 extrication from Piestewa Peak and its aftermath.

Metro, then 74, fell on the trail and was injured. Phoenix Fire Department first responders arrived and placed her in a rescue basket.

ABC 15 video showed the basket spinning wildly for over half a minute as it was hoisted.

The couple said although fire department personnel agreed with Metro that she did not need to be flown off the mountain, paramedics chose to transport her by helicopter.

Two days after the rescue, George Metro told KTAR News that his wife’s face was swollen because blood vessels burst from the spinning and she was too dizzy to walk.

The claim said the ordeal caused Katalin “physical, emotional and psychological injuries and damages.”

At the time, rescue personnel from the Phoenix police and fire departments said such spinning was rare but not unprecedented.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A bear was killed by Arizona game officials after it injured a teenager in northern Arizona. (AZ Ga...

Associated Press

Bear shot dead by Arizona game officers after swipe attack on teen in mountain cabin

A black bear was shot and killed by Arizona fish and game officers after it entered a home through an open door and injured a teenager.

47 minutes ago

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria will open a new location in Surprise this fall. (Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria)...

KTAR.com

Chicago pizza chain Lou Malnati’s announces new Surprise location

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria will open its ninth Valley location this fall. The popular chain plans to open a new location in Surprise.

3 hours ago

(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

KTAR.com

Man riding motorized scooter dead after being hit by vehicle in downtown Phoenix

A local man riding a motorized scooter died on Friday evening after he was struck by a vehicle in downtown Phoenix.

5 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

KTAR.com

Lane Park brings bowling, ice curling, more to Old Town Scottsdale

Lane Park, a new upscale entertainment venue in Old Town Scottsdale, is now open. The spaces features games, music, food, drinks and more.

7 hours ago

The Wildcat Fire burning north of the Valley and west of the Bartlett Lake Reservoir. (Inciweb Phot...

KTAR.com

Firefighters nearing full containment on Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix

Firefighters are nearing full containment on the Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix. The fire is 84% contained as of Saturday morning.

10 hours ago

Sewer line piping near the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility will be rehabilitated over the next ...

Damon Allred

City of Chandler to begin sewer line rehabilitation along Price Road this summer

Chandler City Council awarded service agreements on Friday that will ensure the rehabilitation of sewer line piping along Price Road.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Phoenix agrees to pay woman $450K over spinning basket mountain rescue