Italian Air Force grounds search and rescue helicopters after deadly crash in France
The Italian Air Force has grounded all models of a search and rescue helicopter after one of its choppers crashed in France last week, killing all the eight people aboard, the Associated Press reported.
The Air Force says it has grounded its 35 HH- 3F helicopters as a precaution while it investigates the causes of the crash.
The Italian military helicopter went down in northeastern France Thursday while en route to a multinational training exercise in Belgium. The chopper was part of a search and rescue unit in Brindisi, southern Italy.
The Air Force says it will use other helicopters to run rescue missions while the HH- 3F is grounded.