West German Chancellor Willy Brandt narrowly escaped what could have been a disastrous accident on Monday (11 June) when the Israeli helicopter in which he was travelling was almost blown off a remote mountaintop overlooking the Dead Sea.
GV Helicopter landing with difficultly, troops look on (5 shots)
SV People trying to stop helicopter rolling back
SV Brandt helped out of 'copter
SCU Israeli ambassador receives treatment
SV Brandt away from helicopter
GV, Injured (2 shots)
SV, GV Brandt shown around Massada (4 shots)
SV Sign "Northern Palace Villa"
SV Brandt looks at ruins (3 shots)
SV Brandt & party through ruins PAN viewing gallery
SV PAN area where 'cooper landed
CU Sign "Weizmann Institute of Science" PULL OUT TO Mrs. Meir & Brandt arrive inside
SV Audience of done
SV Brandt introduced
SV Brandt handed robes & applause
"The Executive Council of the Weizmann Institute of Science in the instance of the Scientific Council hereby confirms on Willy Brandt, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy."
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Background: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt narrowly escaped what could have been a disastrous accident on Monday (11 June) when the Israeli helicopter in which he was travelling was almost blown off a remote mountaintop overlooking the Dead Sea.
The incident, in which three accompanying diplomats were slightly injured, happened a few hours before Herr Brandt ended his historic five-day visit to Israel.
The Sikorsky helicopter was buffeted by strong guests of hot desert winds as it came in to land by the ruins of the 2000-year-old Jewish Fortress of Massads.
Security men pushed the 59-year-old Chancellor out of the helicopter as it rolled, pushed by the sudden winds, perilously close to the edge of a 1,410 foot (434 metre) cliff edge.
The helicopter came to rest only a few feet (metres) from the edge, its progress arrested by and ancient wall built by the original Jewish defenders against the Romans.
Six other people, including journalists and security men, were slightly hurt as they tried to stop the helicopter being blown to the cliff edge.
Shortly after the incident the Chancellor went on with a 90-minute tour of the ancient runs, seemingly unshaken by the incident. Later he went down the mountain by cable car and then flew by another helicopter to receive an Honourary Doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovot near Tel Aviv.