HALIFAX—Sparks flew and ground crew members sprinted away when a Sea King helicopter tipped forward, smashing its five rotor blades on the tarmac of Canadian Forces Base Shearwater last year, military security video shows.
The video, obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information, offers the first public glimpse into the moments when the chopper suddenly jerked forward during the nighttime incident on July 15, 2013, in Halifax.
It shows the rotors striking the runway and slicing off the rear tail from the fuselage as the helicopter slightly lifts off the ground.
Another video taken from inside a nearby maintenance hangar shows dark fluid flowing into the facility within seconds.
Capt. Alexandre Munoz, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Air Force, says after pieces of the helicopter hit the building, it set off a fire suppression system and that is where the fluid came from.
Nobody was hurt but images show that flying debris damaged the building. The military has said the aircraft was a writeoff.