12/18/2010

Ohio PD sued over police helicopter

Sale of "unsafe" chopper lands in court, and an aviation expert now questions the safety of the rest of the Columbus Police Division's fleet

By Dean Narciso
The Columbus Dispatch

A Canadian company has sued the city of Columbus, the Columbus Police Division, and its mechanic for selling what it says is an unsafe, $510,000 police helicopter.

The pilot of the 12-year-old McDonnell Douglas 369E, sold last year to Versatile Helicopters of Chemainus, British Columbia, was forced to make an emergency landing following engine failure, according to court records filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

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