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King County Sheriff's Office 'Guardian One' Out Of Service

A backup helicopter will be used in place of Guardian One until repairs are made.

The King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian One helicopter was damaged Friday while preparing for takeoff at Renton Municipal Airport in response to a call for a burglary in progress.

Just before 10:30 a.m. crews began to prepare the aircraft for takeoff when the helicopter fell off its mobile landing pad and the tail rotor made contact with the ground. No one was injured during the incident; however, the aircraft was taken out of service.

The King County Sheriff’s Office does not know when the aircraft will return to service and does not yet have an estimate on the cost of repairs, said Sgt. Cindi West.

In the meantime, a backup helicopter is available.

“We are still fully functional,” West said.

The damaged helicopter has been in service for four years.

Don December 31, 2012 at 04:04 AM
How did it fall off the platform. Details. Did someone screw up? Details.
Jenny Manning December 31, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Don, this is all the information I could get from the King County Sheriff's Office. I'll ask again and let you know.

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