Sea King helicopter damaged after toppling over on Halifax runway

HALIFAX – One of the military’s Sea King helicopters was damaged Monday night after it fell to one side as it landed at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater in Halifax.

Lieut. Len Hickey says none of the four crew members was hurt in the incident, which happened just before midnight.

Hickey says the aircraft landed after a five-hour training mission and had stopped moving when it fell to one side while the rotor blades were still spinning.

He says the blades were damaged and there was some minor damage to the walls of a nearby building from flying debris.

Hickey says the cause of the accident is under investigation by the military’s directorate of flight safety.

Attempts by the federal government to replace the 50-year-old fleet of Sea King helicopters have been repeatedly delayed.

The military is still waiting for new helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which was selected nine years ago to supply 28 new helicopters.