Footage of a helicopter pilot balancing the nose of his aircraft skillfully on a slope in a rescue on the French Alps has made waves across social media.

A group of skiers ran into trouble near the Col d'Anterne pass in Chamonix on 2 January when one of them was injured, forcing them to call the gendarmerie’s rescue services.

The video shows the pilot balancing the helicopter with the blades still turning to allow a rescuer to climb out.

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