Air force cleared of any wrongdoing in helicopter flight to Labrador lake

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The Canadian Press — Ottawa

The air force has been cleared of any wrongdoing in its decision to approve a helicopter flight in Labrador last year that the military had said was intended to reward crew members for completing maintenance.

The military police says it found no evidence that assets were misused when the CH-146 Griffon flew to No Name Lake on June 8, 2012.

Members of 5 Wing Goose Bay came under criticism after a provincial politician posted a photo on Facebook showing crew members fishing during the trip.

At the time, the airbase said the trip was meant to recognize the effort of ground crews in finishing maintenance and inspection of an aircraft that returned from a deployment in Jamaica.

A spokesman for 5 Wing Goose Bay also said at the time that crew members conducted a reconnaissance mission and survival training in the area of No Name Lake, including fishing.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, the military police’s investigative wing, says the chopper was used for local training and to clear brush from a landing pad, and not as survival training as the air force originally reported.

Organizations: Canadian Press, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Geographic location: Labrador, Wing Goose Bay

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  • david
    February 20, 2013 - 11:07

    Textbook government play. Wait the appropriate amount of time for the public to calm down and forget about it, and eventually, quietly, and with little fanfare, clear all the guilty of any wrongdoing. We're Canadians, dammit, and this is the absolute best possible "democracy" in which to be a selfish, corrupt, egotistical "public servant"......uuurrrrpppp!!

  • Eli
    February 19, 2013 - 13:37

    Burton Winters disgrace, now this asininity. No question the military not only speak their own language but live in another world to boot. As for this decision, did you expect anything else?