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CRESCENT AIRWAYS CORPORATION TO PROVIDE HELICOPTERS FOR UNITED NATIONS OBSERVERS IN CROATIA

 CRESCENT AIRWAYS CORPORATION TO PROVIDE HELICOPTERS
 FOR UNITED NATIONS OBSERVERS IN CROATIA
 LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Crescent Airways Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide five Bell Longranger helicopters to the United Nations observers and peacekeeping forces working in Croatia (formerly part of Yugoslavia). Crescent signed the contract a week ago. Since then, ground crews have been working 24 hours a day to equip the helicopters for their mission. Additionally, the helicopters have been painted white with the official United Nations insignias and designated logos. The crew of six pilots and five mechanics may be required to live in Croatia for as long as one year. The helicopters have been transported to Europe from Miami International Airport on Sunday, July 12, arriving in Zagreb, July 13.
 Since 50 percent of the roads in Croatia are unusable, the helicopters will provide the primary means of transportation for the U.N. peacekeeping observers. The Longrangers have been specially equipped with high frequency radios which enable the passengers and crew to engage in long-distance communication. The Bell 206L-I Longranger helicopter is a turbine-powered aircraft capable of external loading and traveling up to 130 miles per hour.
 The 11 members of the crew are all experienced pilots and mechanics. In addition, they have been given special training prior to undertaking this mission. Crescent personnel will be required to live in the area of operation overseas. Commenting on this program, Jack Hereth, president and CEO of Crescent Airways Corporation, said, "We are very honored at being selected for this mission with the U.N. We have in the past worked with U.N. teams in Haiti. Our people are enthusiastic and support that organization's peacekeeping mission in Eastern Europe. Our pilots, mechanics and ground crew in the U.S. have worked long hours to prepare the ships and get this mission underway."
 Crescent Airways Corporation, located in Lawrenceville, is the largest helicopter company in the Southeast with a fleet of more than 65 aircraft.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Hereth, chairman and CEO of Crescent Airways, 404-822-6180, or Desmond Towey or Bernadette McLaughlin of Desmond Towey Associates, 212-888-7600, for Crescent Airways/ CO: Crescent Airways Corporation ST: Georgia IN: AIR SU:


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