FOR SALE: State Selling Sikorsky Helicopter On eBay

NC selling Sikorsky helicopter on eBay
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state Transportation Department is putting its Sikorsky S-76 helicopter for sale on an online auction site.

Gov. Pat McCrory said in a news release Friday that the state is selling the helicopter because of its high operation and maintenance costs and low usage. Proceeds will go to the state's general fund.

He says it cost $265,000 to operate and maintain in fiscal year 2013, when it was flown for just over 14 hours. Its highest cost and usage came in 2007, when it was flown for 112 hours at a cost of $585,000.

State agencies used the helicopter to survey disaster recovery efforts and for economic development activities.

The Transportation Department also has two twin turbo-prop passenger aircraft and a Cessna Citation Bravo Jet in its fleet.

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