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Columbus Police Helicopters Grounded

Updated: Wednesday, April 3 2013, 08:19 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Columbus police helicopters are grounded while they are inspected and maintenance records are checked.

Police were ready to sell one of the choppers when they discovered "gaps" in the maintenance records.

Police have hired a Cincinnati helicopter company to inspect the records and to checkout each chopper.

They will also interview the maintenance supervisor.

Columbus Police Sergeant Rich Weiner tells ABC 6 Reporter Carol Luper the choppers provide great crime fighting assistance to police, but "safety is a major concern and that's why we've grounded the fleet."

The choppers have been down since Friday.

Weiner says there will be written reports from the investigating company and when those are complete the helicopters will be back in the air.

That could happen in a week or so.

He says it will cost the City of Columbus about $20,000 to have the choppers and the paperwork investigated.

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Reporter: Carol Luper
Web Producer: Kellie HannaColumbus Police Helicopters Grounded


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