PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A massive cargo helicopter is spending Easter Sunday lifting large air conditioning units to and from the roof of the Providence Place Mall.
The Skycrane helicopter, operated by the Erickson Aircrane company, is moving 23 of the old units off the roof and replacing them with 23 new ones.
Dante Bellini, spokesman for the Providence Place Mall, said that each air conditioner weighs 17,000 pounds. The new high-efficiency units are replacing units that have been installed since the late 1990s, and will save thousands of kilowatt-hours.
Police have blocked off part of the area as the helicopter hoists its cargo to and from the lawn near the Amtrak station.
The operation is expected to be completed during the day Sunday, and Sunday was chosen because it is one of only a few days during the year that the mall is mostly closed.
The United States Army flew Skycranes, known in military service as the CH-54, until the early 1990s. It can lift about 20,000 pounds.
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