Three inmates have escaped from a detention center in Quebec with the help of a helicopter, police said late on Saturday. It was the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec province in two years.
Provincial police said the helicopter headed west from the Orsainville Detention Center after the escape.
“We [are working with] a few partners, like the airports of Quebec City and surrounding areas, the military bases, and of course there’s a ground search in the event that the helicopter is located,” police spokeswoman Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said.
Police identified the inmates on Twitter as Yves Denis, Denis Lefebvre and Serge Pomerleau and said that anyone who sees them should not approach them, but instead immediately contact police.
They were being held at the detention center waiting to stand trial.
In March of last year, a helicopter pilot was forced at gunpoint to pluck two inmates from the Saint-Jerome prison on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
The prisoners climbed up a rope ladder into the hovering helicopter and fled.
Police caught the two escapees and the two suspects in the alleged hijacking within a few hours of the escape.