The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has released its findings on an incident that occurred in February that saw a life raft fall from a CH-146 Griffon through the roof of a house in Opa-Locka, Florida, US, stating that they could not determine why the object fell.
The helicopter, part of the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, was conducting a mission as part of Exercise Southern Breeze with a six-person crew when the life raft dropped 500 feet into a house below. The crew had been performing pre-landing checks when it fell, and the flight instructor circled back round to mark the location of the raft, before landing at the nearby airport.
RCAF personnel then liaised with local police to retrieve the raft and help the occupants of the house. Luckily, the occupants sustained only minor injuries, although the house sustained damage to the bedroom and the roof.