This week three men escaped from a detention center in Quebec City using a helicopter. The helicopter flew in and briefly landed in the courtyard as three prisoners quickly boarded before taking back off. An investigation into how this happened so smoothly is ongoing.
You’re probably as shocked as I am to find out that helicopter prison escapes are still possible. A page on Wikipedia.com has listed all on-record prison break attempts around the world since 1971.
The United States saw a number of successful helicopter jailbreaks back in the 80s, but they’ve been rare since then, and we haven’t seen one since five prisoners escaped from a facility in Puerto Rico in 2002.
Unfortunately for Canada though, this is actually the second successful helicopter prison escape in just the last 15 months.
The most recent escape has prompted a massive manhunt that is still ongoing. According to CNN.com the authorities number one priority is locating the helicopter.
The three men are Yves Denis Yvon Lamontagne, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49. The first two men were arrested at the same time for drug related charges, but little has been reported about the third suspect.
This story is just so bizarre that I couldn’t help but think about all of the famous on-screen prison breaks, like this helicopter escape by “Ice Cube” in the movie XXX State of the Union…