3 Convicts Make Daring Escape From Prison In Helicopter (PICTURED)

3 Convicts Make Daring Escape From Prison In Helicopter (PICTURED)

By CNN on June 9, 2014
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In a daring operation worthy of a movie, three men escaped from a Canadian jail by helicopter, prompting a massive manhunt, authorities said.

The men escaped from a detention center Saturday night in Quebec City.

“A helicopter touched down briefly in the courtyard before taking off with the three prisoners,” Ann Mathieu, a spokeswoman for Quebec Provincial Police, told CNN.

“We are talking closely with the detention center to figure out exactly how the escape transpired,” Mathieu told CNN partner CBC.”The priority … is to find the helicopter.”

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A manhunt is under way for Yves Denis Yvon Lamontagne, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49.

The first two men were arrested in a drug bust in 2010 and were awaiting trial. Police found weapons, dozens of cars and a plane during the bust, it said.There was no information provided on the third suspect.

It marks the second brazen jail escape in Canada in a little more than a year.

In March 2013, two men posing as tourists commandeered a helicopter from a Canadian tour company, ordered the pilot to fly over a detention center near Montreal, hoisted two inmates into the hovering aircraft using cables — and zipped away.

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It was a real “James Bond moment,” witness Francis Emond said about last year’s escape from the facility in Saint-Jerome, northwest of Montreal.

While spectacular, airborne escapes are not unprecedented.

Albanian inmate Alket Rizaj broke out of a maximum security prison in Greece twice — in 2006 and 2009.

On both occasions, accomplices swooped in to the prison’s courtyard on helicopters. Inmates then climbed aboard using rope ladders.

Both times, Rizaj was recaptured.

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Last year, another prison escape in Greece tried to use the same tactic.

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