Chalk it as much as the perils of parking in a single day on the tarmac of a northern airfield in Canada.
A CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter was broken earlier this month by what seems to have been a puzzled polar bear looking for a meal.
The plane belong to 413 Squadron, which is predicated in Greenwood, N.S. It spent the evening at a distant air strip in Saglek, Newfoundland and Labrador on Sept. 16, in accordance with the air pressure’s official Twitter account.
Poor climate over northern Labrador on that day had prevented the crew from reaching their most popular touchdown web site, which was not recognized.
In the darkness, the bear selected to conduct an inspection of the brightly painted helicopter, inflicting what the air forces stated was “superficial damage” when it pushed on the facet door.
The bear managed to come out an emergency exit window and rip the duvet off the nostril cone.
“The polar bear did not get inside the helicopter and there were no crew members in the vicinity at the time,” stated the air pressure’s Twitter submit, which was accompanied by a sequence of pictures that present the broken facet of the helicopter and the window with an oily paw smear.
Saglek is positioned within the Torngat Mountains and was initially constructed as a U.S. Air Force base within the 1950s initially of the Cold War.
It was later handed over to the Canadian army and is now dwelling to an automatic long-range radar station that varieties a part of NORAD’s North Warning System.
The close by Saglek Fjord — identified by native fishermen as “The Devil’s Place” due to its ever-changing winds — was profiled final spring in National Geographic journal as “the best place in the world to see polar bears.”
The Cormorant helicopter was collaborating in a northern search and rescue train.
The air pressure stated the crew inspected the injury, carried out repairs and continued the two-week mountain coaching train.