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THE NATION | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Glitches in Helicopter Engines on the Rise

November 02, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

The number of engine malfunctions on the Coast Guard's workhorse helicopter has increased dramatically as efforts to install safer motors have fallen behind schedule, according to a report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, Clark Kent Ervin.

The Dolphin helicopters, or HH-65s, are used for search and rescue, port security, enforcement of treaties, drug interdiction and marine safety.

The Coast Guard has restricted use of the 84-aircraft Dolphin fleet because of safety concerns related to the engine malfunctions.

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