Air force chief stands by Cyclone helicopters desp

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The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force says he has “full confidence” in the military’s new Cyclone helicopters despite a growing number of incidents that include last year’s deadly crash off the coast of Greece and an emergency landing in a Halifax park last month.

In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Lt.-Gen. Al Meinzinger played down the emergency landing as a precautionary move and defended the decision to let the Cyclones back in the air despite unanswered questions about the downing of Stalker 22.

“Yes, I have full confidence in the aircraft,” he saidThe benefit of hindsight, and clear-eyed reflection o. “In each case when there’s an accident, we don’t rush. We take our time. We are very deliberate because we have to be rightThe clinics of their regular doctors.. This is serious business.”

Meinzinger’s comments followed a commemoration last week of the one-year anniversary of the downing of Stalker 22sponsors, which killed six Canadian Armed Forces members, the largest single-day loss of life for the military in more than a decade.

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