Military repair cracks in the tail of some CH148 cyclone maritime helicopters


CH-148 Cyclone Helicopter at 12 Wing Shearwater, home of the 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, flying near the base of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, June 23, 2020. (Canadian Press / Andrew Vaughn)

Halifax — A fleet of Canadian naval helicopters has been inspected and repaired after a recent crack was found in the tail of four CH-148 cyclones.

The Royal Canadian Air Force today confirmed in a statement that the Sikorsky aircraft was not grounded and was not suspended.

The Air Force states that a crack was first detected on a helicopter during a routine inspection on November 26.

Since then, cracked tails have been found on three other helicopters.

A special inspection was completed last week and the repair will be completed in a few days.

The “maintenance issue” affects most of the Cyclone fleet and is affecting Operation LENTUS, a military effort to help people affected by widespread floods in British Columbia. ..

The military, like the state and other emergency response partners, has deployed other aircraft to fill the gap.

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