Three Prisoners Escape From Inside Of A Jail In A Helicopter

The three men broke out of a prison north of Quebec City after a helicopter landed on the prison grounds, picked them up, and then flew away.

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Three inmates have escaped from a detention center in Quebec City with the help of a helicopter. The escape happened about 7:45 p.m. local time.

In this July 22, 2010, photo, public security buses wait at outside the prison at the Orsainville Detention Center in Quebec City, Quebec

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Three Canadian prisoners made a daring escape from Orsainville Detention Center, near Quebec City, Saturday evening when a helicopter dropped down and picked them up, according to the AP. The helicopter flew off toward the west and the men were not immediately recaptured. It's the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec province in two years.

Provincial police identified the escapees as:

Serge Pomerleau

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Yves Denis

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Denis Lefebvre

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A police spokeswoman told NBC the helicopter had only the pilot onboard and that it landed somewhere on the prison grounds to pick the men up

Provincial police are searching for three inmates who escaped from Orsainville detention centre in Quebec City using a helicopter.

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Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau, a spokesperson for the Surete du Quebec, the provincial police force, said police were searching for a green helicopter with red and white markings that landed at the prison, though she didn’t know whether it landed in a prison yard, on a building or nearby. She said it was last seen heading west from Quebec City.

Lefebvre and Lamontagne were both arrested in 2010 during a massive drug bust, according to CBC

During the bust, police confiscated a plane, 41 vehicles, and a stockpile of weapons, among other things. They are believed to have connections to the Hells Angels.

This is the second time in less than two years that a helicopter has been used to free Canadian prisoners

The previous incident happened in March of 2013 when a pilot was forced at gunpoint to pick up two men from another prison in Quebec, according to the AP.

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