25 Juli 2011

Bell 212 Helicopters Grounded

25 Juli 2011

Bell 212 of the RTA (photo : Trevor Bartlett)

The remaining 20 Bell 212 helicopters of the army have been ordered grounded for a major examination of their conditions.

Maj-Gen Pitthaya Krachangwong, commander of the Army Aviation Centre, said use of the remaining 20 Bell 212 helicopters still in commission has been temporary suspended for checks of engines and other parts.

Two Bell 212 helicopters crashed on July 16 and today, one inside the Kaeng Krachan National Park in a poor weather conditition and the other today near the national park area following an engine trouble.

The aviation centre will organise activities and religious rites to boost the morale of its staff, Maj-Gen Pitthaya said.

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