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Friday, March 14, 2008

Critics Fault S-92 Range in U.K. Rescue

Little more than a month after it supported a dramatic rescue off the northwest coast of Scotland, the S-92 faces criticism there for missing another rescue. According to the newspaper The Daily Record, a Royal Air Force crew (flying another Sikorsky product, the Sea King) flew nearly 600 miles to save a sailor because an S-92 under contract to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency didn't have the range. Operated by CHC, the  S-92 had not yet been ckeared to use its long-range fuel tanks, the paper said. The RAF Sea King was scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth March 11 to rendezvous with the trawler 185 mi off Benbecula and take the crewman to hospital. A Coastguard official told the newspaper, "It was considered best to send the helicopter from Lossiemouth which has that bit of extra range." For related news

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