Monday, September 10, 2012

Chinook helicopter broken into at Ukiah Municipal Airport (KUKI), California

A Chinook helicopter helping to battle local fires for more than two weeks was broken into Sunday night while parked at the Ukiah Municipal Airport, according to the U.S. Army National Guard.

“This is very frustrating,” said Col. Lou Carmona, explaining that the CH-47 helicopter was parked at what he believed was a “secure helibase” when someone broke into it, causing damage and stealing several thousand dollars worth of equipment.

“I am really disappointed,” Carmona continued, adding that he “wrote so many memos” to keep the helicopter in California “strictly for firefighting.” He said there are 12 such helicopters in California and the rest are being used for operations in Afghanistan.

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