Oklahoma City police helicopters are grounded for work

The Oklahoma City Police Department's two helicopters have been taken out of service for repairs due to engine problems. It's not clear when the helicopters will fly again.
by Juliana Keeping Published: September 19, 2012
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Two Oklahoma City Police Department helicopters have been taken out of service for repairs, an official said Wednesday.

The department's two choppers are used on an almost daily basis for tasks such as basic patrols, locating missing people and catching suspected criminals, department spokesman Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Engine troubles took both out of commission in the last 10 days, Knight said. Both helicopters have been in and out of service since June, he said. It's not clear when the helicopters will return to service.

“It was a recurring problem, and the bottom line is, we're not going to fly them until it's safe to fly them,” Knight said.

The 2001 and 2002 model choppers were purchased new and include law enforcement-specific equipment, including a spotlight, camera and thermal imaging technology.

Purchasing one or two new helicopters is something under consideration by the police department, Knight said.


by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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