This is the terrifying moment an enraged pilot reprimands a tourist after she is seen grabbing a critical lever in the cockpit as the helicopter flies over the Grand Canyon.
The footage shows the pilot yanking the woman’s wrist off the lever and than pulling his microphone away from his face as he waves his finger incessantly saying, ‘No!… No!…that will kill us.’
The woman is seated in the passenger seat of the helicopter cockpit and the exact function of the lever is unclear.
The eight second clip shared by TikTok user @cherlin95 on Wednesday and two other similar videos from the trip have garnered more than 2.7 million views, with many sharing their exasperated reactions.
It is not yet known if the TikTok user was one of the tourists on the flight. The social media site has since added a warning to the video that reads: ‘Participating in this activity could result in you or others getting hurt.’
The woman’s hand is seen clutching on the lever in the helicopter as she is seated in cockpit
The enraged pilot reprimands her and is telling her: ‘No, that can kill us’
This clip shows the pilot seated inside the helicopter mid-air with a viewer comment asking: ‘Why’s she in the co-pilot seat?’
Stunning aerial views of the Grand Canyon overlooking the Colorado River
A separate video on Friday shows the excitement taking place before the fiasco.
Footage shows a partial view of a male passenger holding his cell phone and filming during take-off – with ‘Alright …. Woo hoo,’ heard in the background.
One viewer wrote: ‘Why’s she in the co-pilot seat?’
‘Jesus, that is the rotor brake,’ someone else said.
Another who was horrified by what they saw wrote: ‘Whoever is in the right seat definitely doesn’t respect how fast things can turn to tragedy touching aircraft controls.’
Many said that if they were the pilot they would have turned back and landed after the incident, with one commenting: “Nah tour be over after that.”
Others requested to see more footage from the flight.