Canadian prisoners break out in brazen helicopter escape

By REUTERS
March 18, 2013 06:48

NEW YORK - Two Canadian inmates broke out of prison in broad daylight on Sunday by climbing into a helicopter hovering over a detention center northwest of Montreal, according to media reports.

The helicopter was hijacked earlier in the day from tour company Heli-Tremblant by two men armed posing as tourists, according to The Globe and Mail. The helicopter's pilot was ordered to fly to the prison in St-Jérôme, about 37 miles (60 km) outside of Montreal, the newspaper reported.

Once the helicopter arrived at the prison, the two inmates climbed up to it using ropes or cables, the newspaper said. Both fugitives, identified as Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Danny Provençal, 33, were believed to have been injured in the escape.


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