No-fly zones extended over more Quebec jails

The Orsainville Detention Centre. Didier Debusschere/QMI Agency

The Orsainville Detention Centre. Didier Debusschere/QMI Agency

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

MONTREAL — Transport Canada has expanded no-fly zones to include seven more Quebec jails following a chopper escape by three alleged murderers.

That's in addition to exclusion zones previously announced over three jails.

Among them was Orsainville detention centre near Quebec City, where Serge Pomerleau, Yves Denis and Denis Lefebvre flew away in a helicopter on June 7.

Ten of Quebec's 22 jails will now be covered by no-fly zones until the end of September.

The Quebec government, embarrassed by two chopper jailbreaks in a 15-month period, asked Ottawa for help last month.

The complex negotiations involved Quebec's public security department, Transport Canada and Nav Canada, which manages the nation's air traffic control system.

Restricted airspace typically covers federal prisons, not provincial jails.

The three Quebec fugitives were on the loose for 15 days last month following their brazen helicopter escape from the jail yard.

Police arrested them at a luxury condo in Montreal.

 


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