Quebec prisoners escape from jail via helicopter, still on the run

SAINT-JEROME, Que. – Quebec provincial police are searching for two prisoners who have escaped from a Saint-Jerome jail in a helicopter.

Police have found the helicopter about 85 kilometres away in Mont-Tremblant and say that the chopper’s pilot has been taken to hospital where he will be questioned by investigators.

Authorities say the two prisoners are still at large.

The identities of the two men are not being revealed.

The Saint-Jerome jail, located some 60 kilometres northwest of Montreal, experienced a mini-riot by about a dozen prisoners a little more than a month ago.

In that incident, police had been asked to secure the outside of the prison, which holds about 480 inmates, and facility staff used pepper spray to disperse the mob.