Dramatic helicopter prison escape attempt

Dramatic helicopter prison escape attempt

ATHENS, Greece — A helicopter swooped down on a prison courtyard Sunday as armed men on board fired on guards and lowered a rope to help a convicted killer make his fourth attempt to escape from a Greek prison. But the plot was foiled after the prisoner was shot and the chopper forced to land in the prison’s parking lot. The dramatic escape attempt was one of a handful involving helicopters in Greece, and the first time such plans have failed. Vlastos, who had managed to climb into the helicopter, as well as the helicopter’s technician. Vlastos fell from a height of about 3 meters (10 feet) into the courtyard, and the helicopter was eventually grounded in the parking lot.

Vlastos, 43, is a convicted murderer and racketeer serving a life term who had tried and failed three times before to escape from prison. Source AP

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