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Sheriff: Helicopters should be cleared to fly next month

February 20, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada sheriff says his office’s helicopters should be cleared to fly next month after they were grounded when a pilot flew into power lines.

KRNV-TV reports former Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen grounded the RAVEN helicopter program after an aircraft hit the lines, sparking a brush fire in October.

The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the program last month, but Sheriff Darin Balaam extended the grounding to ensure policies and procedures are “where they need to be before we fly.”

Balaam says pilots and crew are getting updated training and certifications, and the helicopters are undergoing maintenance.

He says the helicopters have not been needed while they have been down.

Balaam says the office can contact other agencies if air support is needed.

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Information from: KRNV-TV, http://www.mynews4.com