Posted at: 02/08/2013 9:27 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque company is donating a plane to the New Mexico State Police.
Police officials say they'll use the two-seat utility plane for a range of missions, including narcotics interdiction and search and rescue.
Pete Dunn of CSI Aviation says the Australian-designed Seeker aircraft that is company is donating will perform the same surveillance missions as a helicopter now used by State Police but at less cost.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the plane has a cockpit like those of some helicopters and has a pusher-type engine in the back of the fuselage.
Deputy Chief Steve Kassetas says State Police plans to phase out a Cessna turboprop that it now has.
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