So Much of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CH-148 Cyclone helicopters are undergoing maintenance after cracks had been found in the tails of some of the plane.
In a statement to CBC News, the dep. of National Defence said 12 Wing Shearwater, close to Halifax, which properties all the fleet of the Sikorsky-made helicopters, is “prioritizing the order of upkeep” to get the plane again into service as temporarily as conceivable.
After the cracks were discovered on one helicopter all through regimen upkeep on Nov. 26, other aircraft at the squadron had been inspected and cracks have been found in three, in keeping with the statement.
a unique inspection of the fleet was completed this week, the observation mentioned, and Sikorsky is working with the RCAF to make maintenance.
RCAF experts estimate that the maintenance will probably be finished in “the next few days.”
the issue with the Cyclones has had a few impact on flood-relief operations in British Columbia, where the helicopters have been imagined to supply beef up, the statement mentioned. It mentioned other air property were capable of fill the distance.
The CH-148 Cyclone, in line with the Sikorsky S-NINETY TWO civilian helicopter, has been the topic of scrutiny within the previous over the procurement process and cost, besides as manufacturing and software problems.
In April 2020, six crew members on board a CH-148 died while their aircraft plunged into the Ionian Sea off Greece because it was once returning to HMCS Fredericton after a flypast.
CBC News has asked clarification on the total size of the CH-148 fleet.