SLED agents get permission to replace crashed helicopter

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State agents in South Carolina have been given permission by South Carolina lawmakers to buy a helicopter to replace one destroyed in a crash last month.

The State Law Enforcement Division asked for $2 million to buy a used helicopter similar to the two passenger chopper that crashed while taking off for a drug mission in Summerville on June 26.

SLED officials said in a letter to the Joint Bond Review Committee that only having two helicopters is hampering its mission to search for drugs, look for suspects and missing people and getting specialized agents rapidly across South Carolina.

The committee approved the purchase Tuesday.

SLED says insurance should pay for most of the new chopper.

The pilot suffered only minor injuries in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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