Monday, October 5, 2009

Helicopter Engine Stolen!

DefenceNet reports that a helicopter engine worth €1,600,000 was stolen from the State Aircraft Factory (KEA) at Hellenikon. The commander of KEA has been relieved from duty pending an official investigation. The Makila 1A2 engine belonged to a Super Puma Search & Rescue helicopter operated by the Air Force.

The engine weighs nearly 250kg which raises serious questions about how it was taken past security.

To make matters worse it apparently is the second engine stolen in as many months. The first engine to be stolen was from the Air Force Museum at Tatoi. That engine belonged to an AB-206 helicopter and was worth €350,000. Although not airworthy the engine can be brought back to flight status with a cost of €15,000.

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