Canadian CH-146 Griffons Unsafe for SAR Duties?

23 02 2011

A Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon - Wikipedia

A Defence Department study says it’s risky for the air force to continue using Griffon helicopters for search and rescue in Central Canada.

The review by the chief of air force development cites limitations of the CH-146, pressed into service in 2005 at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont., because the military’s principal search helicopter is often not available.

The air force intends to keep using the Griffon at the base until at least 2014, say briefing notes for Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

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