ZAGREB, Aug 19, 2020 – Defence Minister Mario Banozic said on Wednesday that he had demanded a renewed report on the cases involving faulty helicopters and their overhaul.
Coming to Government House in Zagreb for an inner cabinet meeting, Banozic was asked by the press about the faults found on Croatian Air Force helicopters, and explained that two faults had been found and that Croatia had demanded the removal of those faults by those who had already performed the overhaul and this would be done at their expense.
He recalled that the overhauled helicopters had registered over 1,000 flight hours in a year.
The minister dismissed as tendentious, media reports that one of the faulty helicopters had intentionally been put at the disposal of the president, which was why he (Zoran Milanovic) was prevented from flying.
Asked about the priorities facing the ministry’s organisation in the autumn, Banozic announced the reduction of the number of employees in his department.