DND: Cracking Issue Prompts Repairs to at Least 19 of 23 RCAF CH-148 Cyclones Written 9 December 2021


CH-148 Cyclone | Gerry Metzler; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 2.0

Aviation Week reports that Canada’s Department of National Defense (DND) said that a “cracking issue has required repairs to at least 19 of the 23 Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters in the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet.” Vertical Magazine reports that on November 26, “cracks were found on the tail of one of the helicopters undergoing a routine maintenance inspection. After the initial cracks were found, other aircraft at that squadron were inspected for the same problem and cracks were found on three other Cyclones.” According to the Canadian Armed Forces, the “same cracking issue was eventually found on 19 of 23 CH-148s.” The remaining two CH-148 Cyclones “are in longer-term maintenance and will be inspected at a later date.”
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